The African American Experience
The African American Experience premieres on Sunday, July 10, at 6 PM.
Discover Pennsylvania’s story through the lens of African American history and culture. Interviews with experts and tours of notable locations reveal the African American perspective during the major events that shaped the state.
Summer 2022 Schedule
The African American Experience Summer 2022 Schedule
July 10: Interview with Superior Court Judge Carolyn Nichols
In this episode of the African American Experience, we talk with PA Superior Court Judge Carlyn Nichols about her life, career, and approach to the law.
July 17: Interview with Laurence Glasco
From the 1920s to the 1950s, Pittsburgh’s Hill District became a vibrant community of African American art, jazz, restaurants, and businesses. Laurence Glasco, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, joins us to talk about the history and significance of the Hill District.
July 24: Interview with Samuel Black
In this episode, Samuel Black, director of African American Programs at the Heinz History Center, joins us to talk about the life of Martin Delany. Delany was born in 1812 in Charles Town, Virginia, and was an abolitionist, medical professional, newspaper publisher, author, advocate for African American emigration, and a Union Army officer during the Civil War.
July 31: Interview with Wynton Butler
Wynton Butler, the branch historian for the NAACP Reading Chapter, joins us to talk about the history and achievements of African Americans in Reading and Berks County.
August 7: Interview with Dr. Cheryl LaRoche
In this episode, we talk about the archaeology of the President’s House in Philadelphia and what archaeology can reveal about African American history. Our guest is Cheryl LaRoche. She is an archaeologist and Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland and the author of “Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance.”
August 21: Interview with Clem Harris
During the Great Migration, African Americans from the South moved to northern cities in search if growing employment opportunities and to escape Jim Crow. Joining us to talk about the Great Migration and Black politics in Philadelphia is Clem Harris, an Associate Professor of History at Utica University. He is the author of the chapter “Old Philadelphians, the Great Migration, and the Irony of Progressive Politics” in the book “If There is No Struggle, There Is No Progress: Black Politics in 20th Century Philadelphia.”
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2021 African American Experience: “August Wilson” with Laurence Glasco$25.00 – $30.00 Select options
2021 African American Experience: “William Still” with William Kashatus$25.00 – $30.00 Select options
2021 African American Experience: Eden Cemetery$25.00 – $30.00 Select options
2021 African American Experience: K. Leroy Irvis with Laurence Glasco$25.00 – $30.00 Select options
2021 African American Experience: Octavius Catto with Murray Dubin & Daniel Biddle$25.00 – $30.00 Select options
2021 African American Experience: Residential Segregation in Allentown$25.00 – $30.00 Select options
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