Mr. Stevens has been an active political organizer since the 1960s. For ten years he served as president of NAACP Pittsburgh. He currently serves as chair of the Black Political Empowerment Project, which he founded in 1986 "as a non-partisan community collaborative, consisting of agency, organization and religious leaders, as well as committed individuals, which seeks to build political power and influence for the African American community."
Mr. Stevens also works to bridge the cultural and racial divisions that still linger in the Pittsburgh area. Towards this end, Mr. Stevens launched the Black & White Reunion, an interracial group that holds an annual summit to foster understanding and cooperation.
The death of Jonny Gammage in 1995 inspired Mr. Stevens to launch the Reunion. Earlier this month, both Mr. Stevens and Tony Norman were portrayed as characters in the stage drama "The Gammage Project" about the public reaction to his death.
On March 29, Mr. Norman and Mr. Stevens will share their reactions to seeing themselves portrayed on stage while also discussing the career of Mr. Stevens and his thoughts on the current political situation in Pittsburgh.
"Tony Norman vs." is a monthly forum discussion in which Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman engages with various leaders and thinkers in the community on a number of topics important to the city of Pittsburgh.
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