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Black migration making great impact on Pittsburgh region


Jobs in the region’s steel mills were a draw for southern black Americans in the 20 years before World War I, but their skills and experience were greatly ignored, members of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society members were told at a Black History Month presentation Sunday.

Among those steel mills was one in Vandergrift, according to Samuel S.W. Black, director of African American programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

Much of his Black History Month address outlined economist Abraham Epstein’s 1918 sociological study for his University of Pittsburgh dissertation. Epstein noted the most blacks moved to the eastern part of Pittsburgh in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Black said.

Although Epstein’s study included some “curiously racist” words such…

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Capital Philharmonic to Celebrate Great African-American Composers — TrentonDaily


On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Trenton’s Capital Philharmonic will be celebrating great African-American composers with violinist Samuel Thompson.

According to the Trenton Capital Philharmonic, Vicki and Darrell Gatwood were preparing to renovate an abandoned house in downstate Illinois in 2009. Vandals had ransacked the house, a fallen tree had torn a hole in the roof, and the structure was in generally poor condition. However, in a part of the house that was still dry, the Gatwoods discovered piles of books, personal papers, and musical manuscripts – one of which was the First Violin Concerto by Florence Price, who had died in 1953.

The dilapidated house had once been her summer home and these and other works that were thought to be lost were now found. There…

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Vincent Adejumo: African-Americans still recovering from Great Recession



The financial crisis of 2009, the worst since the Great Depression, was hard on all Americans. But arguably no group felt its sting more than …
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Why are African-American women at such great risk?


FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – From the moment they said “I do,” Terry and Alicia Leonard-Lewis began planning their family.

He had a daughter and she had a son, but they wanted a child together.

Even though she was over the age of 30 she and her husband thought everything would be fine. They did not foresee the challenges ahead.

“We never really knew what the issue, or the problem was, Leonard-Lewis said.

“Could it have been my age or the fact that I had been on the birth control Depo Provera, so long without a cycle,” she said.

The couple experienced heartbreak after heartbreak,…

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African-Americans' economic setbacks from the Great Recession are ongoing – and could be …



But arguably no group felt its sting more than African-Americans, who were already the most economically and financially vulnerable segment of the …
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A local twist to black cultural rebirth during Great Migration



As part of Black History Month, there’s a focus on the ways African Americans have influenced the country and the world, and a panel in Laurel, Maryland, Saturday delved into how the migration of large numbers of black folks from the south to north helped spark a cultural shift.

LAUREL, Md. — As part of Black History Month, there’s a focus on the ways African Americans have influenced the country and the world, and a panel on Saturday delved into how the migration of large numbers of black folks from the south to north helped spark a cultural shift.

There were forces pushing black people to the North including “the adverse conditions in the South, discrimination, terrorism often in the form of lynching,” said historian, teacher and panelist Hassan Adeeb.

Adeeb said brighter…

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