A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story

Groundbreaking, influential, transformative. From its beginnings in 1907, the Pittsburgh Courier has been a leader among the nation’s African American newspapers – sparking historic change on issues ranging from education, housing and employment to discrimination in the military. With rare archival images and compelling interviews, this documentary explores the Courier’s impact on civil rights, social justice, culture and sports. The paper also provided historians with an invaluable chronicle of everyday life in the black community.

A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story aired on Feb 22, 2018.

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Original airdate: Jan 26, 2013

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Original airdate: Jan 03, 2013

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Original airdate: Oct 25, 2012

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Original airdate: Oct 25, 2012

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Original airdate: Oct 11, 2012

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Original airdate: May 31, 2012