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Empowering African-Americans in their communities since 1986.

Empowering African-Americans in their communities since 1986.

The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) was created with the belief that all African-Americans in Pittsburgh should have the resources to empower themselves and their communities.


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A B-PEP Salute to Community Champion and Peace Advocate


June 4, 2024


It is with profound sadness that we announce that our beloved friend and community partner Valerie Dixon joined the Ancestors on June 3, 2024, at Presbyterian hospital at 10:25 pm following a prolonged illness due to kidney failure, and other health complications, she died peacefully surrounded by family members and friends.

Valerie has been an indispensable and valued member of  B-PEP, a longtime Vice Chair of the Black Political Empowerment Project and Co-convener of the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV), and has been active with numerous other community groups, including REACH, and Prevent Another Crime Today (the PACT) initiative which Valerie created, served for many years as the Director of Family and Community Support with the Center for Victims. Since the death of only son, Robby, which occurred on June 25, 2001, Valerie has been a never-ending warrior in the quest to end violence throughout the Pittsburgh Region.   We know that her loss is tremendous, and we will do all we can to honor her in a way that befits such a beautiful Queen of our Pittsburgh communities and neighborhoods.

At this time there are no arrangements for a funeral or memorial service, but we are in contact with the family and will provide details once they are made. Please let's hold her family in the light of comfort and compassion as they go through this difficult time of losing their dear Valerie.


Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens, Chairman & CEO

The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)

Co-convener of the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence

On Behalf of the B-PEP Planning Council & the CAV Working Group



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