Still Making a Difference

This year, the family of former Tribune-Democrat reporter Ronald Fisher, The Tribune-Democrat, and CFA established a fund to honor Ron’s memory and passion for his hometown by providing local students with educational opportunities related to African American history.

Ron was recognized across the community for his skill and creativity with the pen as well as his important role in highlighting the contributions of the African American community in the region. From a business, religious, and cultural standpoint, he gave a voice to many. When he passed away in December 2019, the loss cut deeply.

With guidance and direction from Ron’s family, the vision for the Ron Fisher African American History Educational Fund continues to evolve to include not only providing local students with the opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but also building on his legacy of storytelling and advocacy.

Plans are underway to engage the community in a project that will tell the history of black people in our region, through their own words. The hope is to be able to provide this resource as a teaching tool so that learners in our community—both young and old—can understand the past in order to move forward into the future together more boldly and compassionately. It also would respond to a gap in educational opportunities for young people in our area.

Through the fund and resulting projects, Ron will be able to continue telling stories, connecting people, and making a difference.

Ron’s sister Alexis, who is representing the Fisher family in the project, said she is excited about the fund’s potential.

“My brother was committed to the community, and this is an opportunity to carry out his hopes for the future,” she said. “We can make a positive impact by providing historical education for our youth while making it interactive and fun. Our family would like to thank the community and all the contributors in advance.”

To make a secure online donation to the Ron Fisher African American History Educational Fund, visit cfalleghenies.org/ron-fisher.

To see more stories from CFA’s 2020 Annual Report, CLICK HERE.

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