A Message from the PHLCVB
June 3, 2020
The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery, and many others before them are an unbearable reality of the injustices and imbalance that exist in our country.
As one of the organizations representing Philadelphia globally, we feel it’s important to acknowledge and bear witness to the current events, protests and unrest occurring in our city. We have spent the last few days listening with intention and resolve.
We reject every form of racism and oppression.
We stand with our staff, customers, members, visitors and partners of color and remain committed allies and advocates in the fight for equity.
It’s imperative that everyone experience a Philadelphia that is welcoming and accepting to all. We are committed to ensuring that equality and inclusion are pillars of our destination and we commit to leveraging our strong community connections and our PHL Diversity division to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism extend to all diverse communities in Philadelphia.
We know that together we will persevere, with both hope and love, in making not only our organization, but this city, a more equitable place for all.
About the image:
A Quest for Parity: The Octavius V. Catto Memorial by Branly Cadet. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.
One of the most influential African American leaders in Philadelphia during the 19th century, Catto was murdered on his way to vote on election day after fighting for the ratification of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, barring voting discrimination on the basis of race.