Portrayal & Perception: Trailblazers
After the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the torch has been passed to a new generation of leadership in the African American community in Pittsburgh. You could call them "The New Trailblazers." Reporter Harold Hayes explores the careers of attorney Blaine Jones and PA Rep. Ed Gainey. The program shows how they are making their mark in law and politics, while offering perspective from those who once walked in their shoes.
Portrayal & Perception: Trailblazers aired on May 13, 2013.
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