The State of Black Pittsburgh


A Community Forum

This program aired June 1 at 8 p.m.

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Pittsburgh has long been a vibrant mix of technology and tradition, a blending of ethnic customs and civic pride. As our city and its people evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century, Pittsburgh continues to grow: inspiring new ideas, new businesses and a changing landscape. But can we create a better quality of life for all our communities? How do we make it a city where young people of color can stay and prosper? And how do we make our businesses more equitable and inclusive?

Please join WQED for State of Black Pittsburgh 2017: A Community Forum. The special will air in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual “State of Black Pittsburgh” conference. This lively and informative panel discussion will focus on three areas: Strengthening Our Communities, Young Black Pittsburgh and Fostering a Diverse Workforce.

State of Black Pittsburgh will be hosted by WQED’s Emmy Award winning producer and moderator Chris Moore and co-hosted by KDKA’s Lisa Washington.

If you’d like to add your voice to the conversation before and during the live broadcast, send your questions and comments on social media. Visit us on Facebook at WQED Pittsburgh and on Twitter @wqed and use the hashtag #SBPGH.

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Since 1910, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh has been the place where Southwestern Pennsylvanians join together in efforts designed to enable African Americans to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Through vital programs focused on economic self-reliance, leadership and advocacy, child and family well-being, housing, health, financial literacy, and self-sufficiency, Urban League staff and volunteers work to level the playing field for all Americans and to equip disadvantaged families to care for themselves.

A Community Forum

Premiered Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 8:00pm

As Pittsburghers, we take pride in the many ways our city has progressed over the past decades. Our city continues to succeed in the fields of education, medicine, technology, the arts and more. But are all Pittsburghers reaping the benefits? How will Black Pittsburghers share in the success of our livable city?

This special aired in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh's annual report "The State of Black Pittsburgh." This important panel discussion focuses on three areas: Creating A Truly Livable City, Creating Sustainable STEAM and STEM careers, particularly in the STEAM related fields and Leadership: Working Together to Make Change.


Chris Moore


Livable City

Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Council and Pittsburgh Affordable Housing Task Force

Ronnell Guy, Executive Director, The Northside Coalition for Fair Housing

Sustainable and STEAM Related Careers

Bill Generett, President & CEO, Urban Innovation 21

Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Founder & CEO, Dignity and Respect


Dr. Quintin Bullock, DDS, President, Community College of Allegheny County

Jessica Ruffin, COO and Site Director, CORO Pittsburgh

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