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The Pittsburgh Courier

To celebrate the newspaper's 100th anniversary, the Heinz History Center presents a new exhibition- America's Best Weekly: A Century of the Pittsburgh Courier. The exhibit profiles the newspaper from a start up publication in the early 20th century eventually evolving into the nation's most influential African American newspaper. At one time, the Pittsburgh Courier was read by more than one million people.

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Portrayal & Perception: African American Men and Boys

Young African American men score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates...


Wes Lyons & Shaun Robinson

Michael Bartley is joined by Shawn Robinson and Wes Lyons to talk about what they are doing to try and make a difference in the lives of at risk youth.


Thelma Lovette's YMCA

Thelma Lovett has been a tireless advocate for her community. WQED’s Minette Seate visits the Hill District\'s Thelma Lovett YMCA, named in her honor...


Roger Humphries

Roger Humphries is a legendary jazz drummer who learned to play from people like Art Blakey. Blakey urged Humphries to pass on his jazz knowledge to the younger set...


Patricia Jennings

She was the principal keyboardist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for four decades before retiring in 2006. Chris Moore talks to Patricia Prattis Jennings about her successful career...


Civil Rights: Witnesses To History

They are senior citizens now, but during the early 1960s, their youthful actions reshaped America. WQED shares the unforgettable memories and rare photographs of Civil Rights era...


Nazi Olympics

Most know the 1936 Olympics, held in Nazin Germany, for the amazing feats of African American athlete Jessie Owens, who smashed theories of "Aryan" superiority...


Duke Spalding

George H. Spaulding is a world class musician and a legend in Pittsburgh's music scene. As a piano tuner, he's helped perfect the local performances of Liberace, Andre Watt...


Slave To Soldier

This exhibit at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland chronicles the epic struggle of enslaved Africans who fought for their freedom in the Civil War. OnQ's Chris Moore reports.


Shona Sharif African Drum

African dance is an art form with a vast history. At the University of Pittsburgh, the Shona Sharif African Dance Ensemble educates students, as well as the entire Pittsburgh...


American Legion Post 450

Like many other American Legion posts, Walter Robinson Post 450 in Sewickley is suffering from declining membership and difficulty maintaining its financial footing. Post 450...


A Beautiful Life

102 year old Mrs. Lillian Allen talks to Chris Moore about a life well lived. Through old photos and film Horizons chronicles Mrs. Allen's entrepreneurship during the heyday...


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Black History Programming on WQED-TV

STAND! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement – Monday, Martin Luther King Day, 1/19 at 9pm
TAND! chronicles the key events which led to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) selecting Birmingham, Alabama as the site for the now famous 'Project C' (Project Confrontation) in 1963. Bringing to light often overlooked and unknown facts about the system of segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, STAND! features the brave men and women who risked all to bring about its demise. STAND! dispels many myths that the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement was all Black, all Male, and led by ministers who rallied in 1963 and liberated a city. In the spring of 1962, a group of students from Miles College led by Frank Dukes, their 31-year- old Student Government Association President, created and launched a Selective Buying Campaign. Supporting the students were Miles College President Dr. Lucius H Pitts, selected faculty, local housewives, and members of Birmingham's White community. These factions brought about significant desegregation before Dr. King's arrival to the city in 1963. STAND! features interviews from heroes and heroines of the movement, who have, until now, been inexplicably unsung. The music of jazz legend Cleve Eaton, who played with Count Basie, Ramsey Lewis and many others, is seamlessly interwoven with hip hop beats from King B Low and gospel music by Nims Gay and Pat Fields. This authentic combination of music gives STAND! the true feeling and power that was the Movement.

Wylie Avenue Days – Thursday, 2/5 at 8pm and Sunday, 2/8 at noon
The only street in the U.S. that began at a church and ended at a jail, Wylie Avenue, in Pittsburgh's Hill District. This one-hour special recalls when it represented the heart of black life in Pittsburgh, much as Harlem did in New York. This program captures it all - clubs like the Crawford and the Hurricane where the music attracted both blacks and whites, the church picnics and family businesses that were all a part of the life in this unique neighborhood. The spirit of the area effectively captured, results in a program with universal appeal.

An Evening With Gwen Ifill – Sunday, 2/8 at 2:30pm
Gwen Ifill is the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and the anchor of the PBS NewsHour. She is also a best-selling author and the first African American women to host a prominent political talk show. This show features Gwen interviewing prominent African Americans.

An Evening with Vernon Jordan – Sunday, 2/8 at 3:30pm
Vernon Jordan is the past President and CEO of the National Urban League; past Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund; and currently a Senior Managing Director of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New York and Senior Counsel with the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. This program features a revealing interview of Jordan by Gwen Ifill.

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Classical WQED-FM 89.3

WQED-FM will be celebrating Black History Month throughout the month of February.
All February long, WQED-FM will honor Black History Month by featuring the works of black composers and performers…The artists’ pieces will air throughout the month during all dayparts, accompanied by our on-air talents’ incisive and informative commentary that will lend to our listeners a great historical perspective. Works by Duke Ellington, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Andre Watts, the Imani Winds, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still and many more will be featured.

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