Citiparks' celebration of Black History Month, “Telling Our Stories,” is now on display in the lobby of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown.
“Telling Our Stories” is a free exhibit celebrating Black History Month on display in the lobby through February 29 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring photographs, historical posters, costumes, set pieces and props from the Kuntu Repertory Theatre, the oldest and largest continuing African-American performing arts organization in Pittsburgh.
The display represents an extraordinary collection of treasures from Kuntu Repertory Theatre, housed in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Since its founding in 1974, Kuntu has produced more than 80 plays by African-American writers including Rob Penny, Kathleen Collins and August Wilson.
As a special tribute to Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary, the exhibit will spotlight materials from four plays with ties to Pittsburgh: “Among the Best: Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays;” “A Celebration of Billy Strayhorn;” “The Crawford Grill presents Billie Holiday;” and, “Clean Drums,” featuring James Johnson and Joe Harris. The video mentioned above will also be available to provide an overview of the display.
Citiparks' 2008 celebration of Black History Month is co-presented by Kuntu Repertory Theatre and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. The event is sponsored by Dwelling House Savings & Loan, the Bank of New York Mellon, Strategic Energy, University of Pittsburgh, WAMO 106.7 FM, New Pittsburgh Courier and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Call Citiparks at 412-255-2493 or visit www.city. pittsburgh.pa.us/parks for more information.