A New York Times reporter recently spent a whirlwind 36 hours in my beloved Pittsburgh, making 12 stops to some of the city’s hotspots. But as is the case, BLACK Pittsburgh didn’t come up on this reporter’s radar. Odd, since Black history is so much of Pittsburgh’s story. To remedy the situation, I add my 12 Pittsburgh “must do’s” (in no particular order):
12. Jazz in the Park: Every Tuesday from 6:30-8pm in Wilkinsburg…FREE!
11. Zumba: Latin rhythm dance and fitness classes at the Dance Café on 7th…$5.00
10. The Black Family Reunion: August 2-3 in Mellon Park…FREE!
09. Mt. Ararat Baptist Saturday Nights Live Worship: Skip the club. Get your praise and your worship on over on Paulson…FREE!
08. Freedom Corner: A monument to Black Pittsburghers and their efforts in the civil rights movement. Also a subtle reminder of how much land was stolen from the Hill District due to gentrification. On the corner of Centre and Crawford…FREE!
07. Abay Ethiopian Cuisine…Yum…the Zilzil Tibs made SisterDoc forget all about her ‘no red meat’ aspirations…under $20.00
06. Pittsburgh Steelers…Check out the next Black Super Bowl Champion Coach Mike Tomlin…cha ching $$$
05. Kuntu Repertory Theatre: The oldest and largest African American arts organization. In Oakland…$20.00
04. VIP Styles: Downtown barbershop for a tight cut and some good chatter…$8-20.00’ish
03. Bible Center Church of God in Christ: Beautify Homewood every Saturday morning by volunteering with Pastor John Wallace, Ph.D. Get a true feel for those who love Homewood…FREE!
02. Pittsburgh Courier: On East Carson. Just peek into the offices of the oldest and most prestigious Black newspapers…FREE! (if you can get in).
01. Carnegie Library of Homewood: Family friendly. Lots of Black literature. Beautiful architecture…FREE!
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