Black History Month 2019 in Pittsburgh

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This Black History Month, there are lots of opportunities in the Pittsburgh region to learn about, honor, and celebrate black history. We hope you will find the events that speak to you and that spark an ongoing commitment to celebrating black history throughout and beyond the month of February.

We will continue to update this list throughout February. If you know of an event that we missed, please submit it to our community calendar or email

Ongoing Events
Events, Lectures, Performances, and More
Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame Series at University of Pittsburgh

Pitt’s University Center of International Studies is partnering to bring the traveling Ferguson Voices exhibit to Pittsburgh. Ferguson Voices “tells the story of the people of Ferguson, Missouri, before, during, and after Michael Brown, a young black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer in August 2014.” The exhibit will be open to the public throughout the month of February, and there will be several events related to the exhibit:

  • Ferguson Voices Opening Reception – February 1
  • Black Lives Matter: intersectional and transnational perspectives – February 7
  • Advancing Health Equity and the Human Right to Health: Social policy perspectives on public health – February 13
  • Racial Regimes in Transnational Context: A conversation with Michael Hanchard – February 18
  • Hands-On Community Workshop with Poet/Artists Saretta Morgan and Bekezela Mguni – February 25
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Black History Month Events

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has multiple events throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month at all of its branches. We’ve highlighted a few CLP events here, but you can find more information about their events and programming here.

Carnegie Library Film Screenings
Special Lyft Discount for Black History Month:

During the month of February, Lyft is offering one free ride up to $10 to Black history museums, memorials, and organizations. In Pittsburgh, the discount code BHM19PIT can be used anytime in February for a free ride up to $10 to the following locations:

  1. August Wilson Cultural Center
  2. Heinz History Center
  3. Hill House Community Center
  4. University of Pittsburgh and Cathedral of Learning’s Africa Room
  5. New Horizon Theater