Black History Month 2018 – Pittsburgh

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February is Black History Month. Learning about, remembering, and honoring black history is always important, and this month is full of amazing opportunities to do all of this and more. We put together a list of some of the black history events and celebrations happening in Pittsburgh this February. There are opportunities for discussion, film screenings, exhibits, and more. We hope you’ll make the time to learn about and celebrate black history around the world, in the United States, and right here in Pittsburgh.

We will be updating this post throughout the month of February as we hear of new events. If you know of a community event that you want to share, you can submit it to our community calendar!

Events + Activities

Teenie Harris Photographs: Service and Sacrifice Carnegie Museum Jan. 27 – May 28

African-Americans in ConservationCity County Building – Feb. 1-28

Black History Month Lecture: Bound in Wedlock – Heinz History Center – Feb. 2

2018 National African American Read-In – Carnegie Library of Homewood – Feb. 3

Bryan Collier and Sandra Neil Wallace, Authors of Between the Lines, for the Pittsburgh Lectures Series – Feb. 4

An Evening with Mark Whitaker: Black History Month – Feb. 5

Kids Club: Black History Month – Carnegie Library Brookline Branch – Feb. 7

“Civil War in the Borderlands: Reflections on War and African Americans in the Southwest” from the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at CMU – Feb. 9

Black History Month: Corner Open Mic Session – Feb. 9

Black Authors of Pgh for Black History Month – Carnegie Library Homewood – Feb. 10

Urban League Sunday, Celebrating 100 Years – Feb. 11

It’s Complicated: An Interactive Conversation About Love, Dating, and Relationships from the Urban League of Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh – Feb. 14

Let’s Talk About Race presented by PublicSource – Feb. 15

Black History Cultural Showcase presented by University of Pittsburgh National Pharmaceutical, Medical, & Dental Association – Feb. 16

The Black History Month Meet-Up Read-Up – Carnegie Library East Liberty Branch – Feb. 17

Black History Month Celebration – Carnegie Library of Hazelwood – Feb. 17

Play: “The Mountaintop” – August Wilson Center – Feb. 17

“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group – Carnegie Library Downtown & Business – Feb. 21

TRUTHSayers: Angela Davis – August Wilson Center – Feb. 21

Examining Cultural Competence and Bias Morning Session – YWCA Downtown – Feb. 28

Examining Cultural Competence and Bias Afternoon Session – YWCA Downtown – Feb. 28



Film Screenings

“Félicité”  Pittsburgh Filmmakers – Feb. 2-15

“Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984-1992”  Pittsburgh Filmmakers – Feb. 2-8

Black History Month – The Reel Story: Screening of “The Great Debators” – Carnegie Library Downtown & Business – Feb. 6

Black History Month Movie Night: Screening of “Fences” – Carnegie Library of Lawrenceville – Feb. 7

“Tangerine” – Pittsburgh Filmmakers – Feb. 9-15

Film Screening: “Out of Africa” presented by North Hills Ebony Women, INC – Feb. 16

“A Ballerina’s Tale” – Pittsburgh Filmmakers – Feb. 16-22

Black Bottom Film Festival – August Wilson Center – Feb. 23-25

“Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess”  Pittsburgh Filmmakers – Feb. 23-Mar. 1

Film Screening of “Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore” City of Asylum – Feb. 26

Film Screening of “Daughters of the Dust” City of Asylum – Feb. 28

Film Screening of “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” – Frick Environmental Center – Feb. 28