Citiparks to show Teenie Harris documentary during Black History Month
February 14, 2006
In celebration of Black History Month, four Citiparks recreation centers will show “One Shot- The Life and Work of Teenie Harris,” a documentary honoring the life of photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris.
The Hill District native worked as a Pittsburgh Courier photographer from 1931 to 1975, snapping shots of African-American life – from sports to jazz to politics to everyday life. His photographs show camaraderie, friendship and spirit of community often ignored by mainstream press.
The film follows Harris' life through his work as one of the “soldiers” of the black press. Nicknamed “One Shot” by former Pittsburgh Mayor David Lawrence, Harris died in 1998 at the age of 89.
The public is invited to attend four showings of “One Shot – The Life and Work of Teenie Harris” at the following Citiparks recreation centers, which will serve snacks compliments of Pepsi and Wise Snacks:
Jefferson Recreation Center, 605 Redknap Street, North Side, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.;
Warrington Recreation Center, 329 E. Warrington Avenue, Beltzhoover, Friday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.;
Paulson Recreation Center, 1201 Paulson Street, Lincoln-Lemington, Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m .; and,
Brookline Recreation Center, 1400 Oakridge Street, Brookline, Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Photographs taken by Harris and other Courier photographers will also be on display in the lobby of the City-County Building through 28. The exhibit – titled “Pittsburgh Courier Images” – will feature 40 photos from the Pittsburgh Courier's archives.
For more information about Citiparks' Black History Month activities, call 412-255-2493 or visit www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks.