Black History Month in Pittsburgh 2021

Katie Phillips Active + Engaged Residents, Advocacy, Diverse + Connected Region, Featured Advocacy, General

February is Black History Month – an opportunity to recognize, centralize, and celebrate the role of Black people in the past and present of the United States and the world. Black history IS American history, but it is too often siloed and erased from the stories we tell.

As we celebrate Black history this month, we must also commit to honoring it year-round. Attention to our complex histories is essential to understanding the present moment, to imagining new, just futures, and to securing those just futures.

The fight for racial justice must be part of our everyday practices. Here in the Pittsburgh region, there are many ways to learn about and honor Black history, uplift the Black community locally, and support Black leaders in the work of anti-racism. We’ve compiled many of them here. We hope you will find the opportunities that speak to you, and that you will continue this work beyond the month of February.

Events, Celebrations, and More

Ongoing

January 31-February 6

February 7-February 13

February 14-February 20

February 21-Feburary 28

Black Lives Matter: Recent History
Black History in Pittsburgh:
  • The Underground Railroad: Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad and visit significant sites in the Pittsburgh region.
  • From Slavery to Freedom: Explore the Heinz History Center exhibit online collection.
  • Teenie Harris Archives: View the archives of Charles “Teenie” Harris, who photographed the African American community in Pittsburgh from approx. 1935-1975, at their new permanent home at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
More Resources: Read / Watch / Listen
Support Black-Owned Businesses
  • Cocoapreneur – Visit Cocoapreneur to view a directory of black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh. Cocoapreneur provides support to businesses through advertising, marketing, and consulting. Founded by Khamil Scantling, the mission of Cocoapreneur is “to foster an environment of economic prosperity in order to ensure more sustainable neighborhoods for the historically African American communities and neighborhoods around Pittsburgh, PA.” Khamil Scantling was named one of PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2020.
  • BlackOwnedPGH – Follow BlackOwnedPGH on Instagram for business spotlights and recommendations. Kyley Coleman created this project in 2020 and was named one of Pittsburgh City Paper’s People of the Year.
Supporting the Work of Racial Justice in Pittsburgh:

There are so many black-led organizations working to end racism, uplift black communities, and create positive change in our region. Here are a few groups that are black-led and/or work closely with the black community that you can connect with, volunteer for, donate to, and support:

We will continue to update this list throughout February. If you know of an event, organization, or resource that we missed, please submit it to our community calendar or email katie@pump.org. Thank you!