"We don't talk about slavery. We don't talk about lynching. We don't talk about segregation. We have a hard time talking about race, and it has burdened us. We can't recover from this history until we deal with it."             


To correct these deficits, the BlackOwned Institute is redefining how black history and culture are being taught. We are uniting black teachers, authors, poets, singers, professors, museum curators, businesspeople and others to build an online platform and provide in-person instruction. We will also work closely with teachers to infuse our rich history into their curricula.

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Aaron Cohn
Corporate Partnership Executive

Aaron Cohn has a 20-year track record building long-term partnerships. Cohn led the negotiations on the largest deal in Pittsburgh Pirates' history and helped negotiate the naming rights for LECOM Park. He has secured partnerships with 16 Fortune 500 companies.


Cohn has served on boards for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Hillsborough Community College and Moffitt Cancer Center's Pinellas Partners. He was president of the Children's Dream Fund's First Team.


Cohn graduated from Ohio University where he met his wife, Karen. They live in Pittsburgh with their three sons: Elliott, Samuel and Oliver.

Analisa Anderson

Analisa Anderson is a high school student who lives in San Diego. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is working with peers to address voting issues in the United States. In April 2020, she co-founded a group called Her Mind, in which members discuss female pioneers and controversial issues and work to empower each other. In addition to history and politics, Anderson enjoys acting, tap dancing, song writing and drawing.