Project Positive: PPS Celebrates Black History

The arts are alive and well in Pittsburgh Public Schools, and for the first time, the District will highlight the contributions of 21 PPS graduates making their mark in the Arts. In celebration of Black History Month, the District’s website will come alive with a pictorial tribute to these alumni. PPS schools are also hosting events and learning opportunities to celebrate Black History Month.

“This year, it is important for us to take a different approach to celebrating Black History Month” said Dr. Anthony Hamlet, Superintendent. “From award winning authors to muralists, we acknowledge that the city has heroes right here in our own backyard, making history and depositing rich art and culture into the community.”

2018 Pittsburgh Public Schools Black History Month Artists

Black Steel

DJ

Lindsay Hayes

Photographer

 

Naomi Ruth Allen

Poet

 

JoAnne Bates

Artist

Camerin “Camo” Nesbit

Muralist

Dominique Scaife

Sculptor

Carter Redwood

Actor

Kenneth Branson

Art Teacher

Kamau Ware 

Photographer

Cue Perry

Artist

John Edgar Wideman

Author

Aisha Sharif-Lucas

Music Teacher

Casaundra and Sheldon Williams

Singers

Brian Burley

Author

 

Naomi Chambers

Artist

 

Corey Carrington

Artist

Alisha Murray

Music Teacher

Darrel Kinsel

Cultural Agitator

Nisha Blackwell

Entrepreneur

Howie Alexander

Teaching Artist


For the full calendar and information on each artist mentioned above, please visit www.pghschools.org/blackhistory.

Black History Month has evolved from a week-long celebration first held in 1926. The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which later became the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, selected the second week in February to coincide with the birthdays of former president Abraham Lincoln and African-American author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In 1976, then President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. Pittsburgh Public Schools Celebrates Black History Month