Join the Movement! Support Voices of History: Stories from Black Pennsylvanians.

Your support will help us bring this project to communities across Pennsylvania! We're launching in Pittsburgh in May 2024 featuring a talk by Pulitzer-Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. She is an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country and our current era of upheaval. Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal story of migration and the enduring search for the American dream.

Funding for the upcoming Wilkerson event has been provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities through United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture.

Voices of History: Stories from Black Pennsylvanians is a first-of-its-kind statewide effort to collect and celebrate the stories, family histories, struggles, and triumphs of Black Pennsylvanians in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The project began with conversations between PA Humanities’ Dawn Frisby Byers, Senior Director of Content & Engagement, and Fellow Dr. Brittany Levingston, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Lead implementers will be Dawn and JP Brice, our Community Programs Manager.

In conjunction with partners in these communities, including local historians, arts educators, and everyone who wants to share their story of being Black in Pennsylvania, PA Humanities will promote events and help people share local histories and their stories through audio and video. We will provide learning opportunities and activities around the digital archive for years to come.”

Your support will help make these programs possible.

Funders & Partners

Voices of History: Project Team

Led by Dawn Frisby Byers

Senior Director of Content and Engagement

Developed with Brittany Levingston

American Council of Learned Societies Leading Edge Fellow

Support by Jean-Pierre Brice

Community Programs Manager

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Join the movement to raise up the stories of the Black experience in Pennsylvania.

With your contribution, we will partner with local community organizations, scholars, journalists and performers and provide venues and recording equipment to ensure that people who want to share their stories are heard. To bring these multi-day events to a city near you costs $75,000 or more, plus great ideas and stories. Just as multiple individual stories can tell a bigger story of social change, so too can your financial contribution join others to make this project a reality. We’d also love to hear your ideas and story suggestions.

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