"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.
Super Bowl Champion Ryan Harris has joined BlackOwned Institute’s team of Influencers and Motivational Speakers.
At the peak of his NFL career, Ryan and the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 over Carolina. A year later in 2017 Ryan retired, having played tackle for five teams, including the Eagles, Texans, Chiefs and Steelers. In a 10-year run of highlights—and 10 surgeries--Ryan beat the odds, outlasting the average NFL career by seven years.
With the same tenacity and strength of character he brought to the gridiron, Ryan started his next chapter. Now, he is a sought-after speaker on topics from financial literacy to leadership, mentoring, team dynamics and more. In his best-selling book, “Mindset for Mastery: An NFL Champion’s Guide to Reaching Your Greatness,” Ryan offers principles he learned in football to help others confront life’s challenges.
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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 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.