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Penn Hills' Joyce Davis to be honored by Pittsburgh Black Media Federation

Dillon Carr
| Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 4:09 p.m.
Joyce Davis of Penn Hills, executive director of the Lincoln Park Community Center, poses for a photo on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Tribune-Review
Joyce Davis of Penn Hills, executive director of the Lincoln Park Community Center, poses for a photo on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Joyce Davis of Penn Hills said she was surprised to learn she would receive an award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation at its Robert L. Vann Media Awards ceremony.

“I feel extremely honored,” said Davis, who serves as the executive director of the Lincoln Park Community Center on Ridgeview Avenue. She's also the local chapter president of the NAACP.

But for Ervin Dyer, PBMF's Robert L. Vann committee director, the choice for the Communicator of the Year Award was easy.

“Her messaging in empowerment, in moving forward, providing access to resources for people to live their dreams ... that's certainly worth recognizing,” Dyer said.

A news release said the Lincoln Park Community Center “inspires hope, operates a food pantry and provides financial and health education to the vulnerable of Penn Hills.”

Davis will be honored Thursday at a dinner at the University of Pittsburgh's O'Hara Student Center in Oakland to recognize area journalism that covered issues that touch the lives of African-Americans in Western Pennsylvania. Davis was one of five recipients for the Vann program's special awards, which include the Trailblazer Award, Literacy Champion Award and the Legacy Award.

Davis has served with the NAACP for about 15 years and has been the executive director at the Lincoln Park Community Center for over 20 years, she said. The center operates a food pantry twice a month and provides early childhood education, a clothing closet and after-school programs. The food pantry reaches up to 800 people a month.

Davis said the center plans to start a cooking class this year. And from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, the center will host a workshop on how to manage stress.

“I'm passionate about reaching out and helping people who need help in our community. I really care about people,” Davis said.

For more information on the Lincoln Park Community Center, visit its website at bit.ly/2jjoEf1 .

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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