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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Series: Specials

In this episode, Chris Moore reveals how One Hood Media combats negative images by urging young men to define themselves using available media, rather than allowing others to do it for them.

Original airdate: Apr 17, 2012

WQED continues "Perception & Portrayal," a series of documentaries on the image of African American men and boys, with Michael Bartley showing you what you rarely see on television. This is the story about African-American men who are "owning it" as successful entrepreneurs.

Original airdate: Mar 19, 2012

This multiple-part series explores how the media portrays African American males and how society views them as a result. The episodes also report on people and organizations working to spotlight positive rather than negative images. In this documentary, Minette Seate profiles leaders and members of Pittsburgh's Afro American Music Institute, which goes beyond teaching music to foster a culture of pride and community responsibility.

Original airdate: Feb 28, 2012

As part of a special series of programs under the banner "Managing Marcellus" -- WQED will be presenting a LIVE forum on Energy & Economic Impact. WQED hosts Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso will convene a panel of economic and Marcellus Shale experts.

Original airdate: Jan 26, 2012

32 counties, One vision, the Power of Regional Thinking. In this special, one hour town hall meeting, representatives of the Power of 32 lay out their goals and strategies for 32 counties in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, the West Virginia Panhandle, and Western Maryland. The goal is to create one vibrant region by 2025 by sharing resources and planning in six key areas, the environment, education, transportation and infrastructure, people and communities, governance, and the economy.

Original airdate: Nov 03, 2011

On September 11, 2001 the heroes aboard Flight 93 made an attempt to regain control of the aircraft after four hijackers took control of the aircraft's cockpit and diverted the flight towards Washington, D.C. The plane crashed near Shanksville, PA where a permanent memorial now stands. Michael Bartley talks to the residents of Shanksville about their memories -- and moving on.

Original airdate: Sep 08, 2011