Mark Whitaker, author of Smoketown | Carnegie Lecture Hall | Literary | Pittsburgh City Paper


Mark Whitaker, author of Smoketown

When: Wed., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. 2018

Mark Whitaker’s Smoketown is a captivating portrait of Pittsburgh’s renaissance of black culture, influence, and glamour from the 1920s through the 1950s. Smoketown depicts how ambitious Southern migrants were drawn to a steel-making city on a strategic river junction; how they were shaped by its schools and a spirit of commerce with roots in the Gilded Age; and how their world was eventually destroyed by industrial decline and urban renewal. Whitaker takes readers on a rousing, revelatory journey—and offers a timely reminder that Black History is not all bleak.

Price: $10

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