On February 10th, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood will screen the PBS documentary The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. Presented as part of the Heinz History Center‘s From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, the film from director Stanley Nelson focuses on the little known origins and legacy of African-American journalism.
Since the early 1800’s Black newspapers have existed in almost every major city in the U.S. Collectively, these papers – such as the Pittsburgh Courier – contain the most detailed record of African-American life in existence. Soldiers Without Swords is the first documentary to provide an in-depth examination of the history and contributions of African-American newspapers, once was this nation’s strongest voice for the African-American community. From facilitating the migration of Southern Blacks to northern cities; to recording the social and political events affecting the lives of African Americans; to providing a showcase honoring Black soldiers in World War II, the Black press documented life for millions of people that were otherwise ignored.
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords will screen at 5:30 p.m. in the Homewood Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.