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PITTSBURGH – January 15, 2021 – The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a significant reminder of the ongoing march toward racial equality and social justice in America. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney strongly believes in the important commitment to making our communities a better place for all – the realization of Dr. King’s dream. To that end, the firm is offering a number of ways to commemorate MLK Day 2021 in partnership with other organizations.

  1. Buchanan hosted a virtual CLE roundtable titled, “Social Justice and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Impact of D&I on the Community,” which featured D&I leaders from Comcast Spectacor, Wells Fargo and Pizza Hut. View a recording of the event.
  2. In partnership with the United Way and the University of Pittsburgh, we are participating in a Book Drive for Diversity. This virtual drive helps to put books championing people of all backgrounds into the hands of eager readers in our community.
  3. In the teaching spirit of Dr. King, the firm is encouraging everyone to participate in robust discussions on MLK Day (January 18th). The first is titled, “How to Talk to Your Children About Race” and the second is “Social Media as a Tool for Social Change.” These educational events are appropriate for the entire family and promise to be engaging and thought provoking. 
  4. Buchanan is also proud to announce its financial support of two social justice causes - donating $5,000 to The Initiative for Advancing the Blue & Black Partnership which works to end violence in policing that disproportionately impacts black and brown communities.  The Initiative works with local leaders, communities and law enforcement leaders to create scalable solutions that create systemic change. The firm is also donating $5,000 to The Bail Project which combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system.  The goal of The Bail Project is to reimagine a more just and equitable pretrial system, one that is truly grounded in the presumption of innocence for all, regardless of race, economic situation or accusation.

For more information about Buchanan's Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, visit our D&I page or contact Lloyd Freeman, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.