A plethora of activities abound as Black History Month winds down

By February 19, 2019 No Comments

Lacresha Berry in Tubman. (Photo Courtesy of Hi-Arts)


Lyft is offering one free ride to black history museums, organizations and memorials for the month of February. Using the code BHM19PIT, you can get a free ride up to $10 to the August Wilson Cultural Center, Heinz History Center, Hill House Community Center, University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning’s Africa Room and the New Horizon Theater.  


Feb. 19:

The Heinz History Center has partnered with the Smithsonian Channel for an early screening of the yet-to-be-released documentary, “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom.” The film features stories of the daily struggles and danger, as well as opportunities that African Americans faced during the civil rights movement. Be one of the first to see the film before it premieres Feb. 25 on the Smithsonian channel. The event is followed by a panel discussion. Admission is free with pre-registration. 6 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. Free.


Feb. 20:

Tubman is a one-woman show written by New York-based writer Lacresha Berry. Her story reimagines Tubman as a young woman growing up in Harlem. She places the same woman with the same spirit into a different time but one that still battles the mistreatment of African Americans. The first show is at 1 p.m., Feb. 20 with the second coming Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. $23.75-33.75.


“Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power” is a film examining black radicalism and resistance. The film features interviews with historians, biographers and even a first person account by Williams’ wife, Mabel. The screening at Carnegie Library – Homewood Branch is a part of the Heinz History Center’s 2019 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series. 5:30 p.m. 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. Free.


Black Queer History Month Town Hall is hosted by the Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ council. The event will be held at the Persad Center, and the featured panelists will discuss the history and experience of Black Queer Pittsburgh. 6 p.m. 5301 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free. or 412-255-2694


Feb. 21:

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein shares his extensive knowledge on housing policies and the modern American metropolis. Rothstein makes it clear to the audience that de jure segregation was what prompted discrimination. That is, the laws and policies passed by local, state and federal governments rather than through de facto segregation. The Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group hosts a discussion of Rothstein’s book at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown and Business. 12 p.m. 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. Free. or


Feb. 24:

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is proud to host the beautiful vocal stylings of Jemiriye. World Kaleidoscope Presents Jemiriye features her songs, which she uses to advocate for the liberation of African American women, children’s education, peace in Africa and putting an end to child marriage. The recipient of several awards also spoke out against discrimination following the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue this past fall. Jemiriye was also a part of history as the first Black African to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the Jackie Robinson Day celebration at a Philadelphia Phillies game. 2 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. or 412-622-3105


Feb. 28:

The Heinz History Center’s African American program is proud to present its fifth annual Black History Month Lecture: Black Power and Black Politics of the 1960s-’70s. The lecture features Dr. Leonard Moore. Not only is Dr. Moore an American History professor at The University of Texas at Austin, but he has authored three books on black politics, and is currently working on another. The biography is about Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a controversial pastor, congressman and civil rights leader. Admission is free, but requires registration and does not include museum access. 6 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Downtown. Free.


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