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Author Archive | lanaelumsden


“The House” of Stars

Westinghouse High School opened in 1917 to serve the eastern neighborhoods of Pittsburgh PA.  Located in Homewood, this institution has served the community for over 100 years. Over that time the school earned a reputation for breeding fantastic talent in all areas. So I want to take a moment to share some of the names […]

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Chuck Cooper, A Pittsburgh Legend

If you have been following my Black History posts you may have notice several amazing firsts that originated in our city. Here is another to add to the list. Actually, this man has several momentous firsts to his name. He is Charles “Chuck” Cooper and he is a Pittsburgh native. Born and raised in Pittsburgh […]

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The National Negro Opera House, Photo by Teenie Harris

Roberto Clemente, Steelers and Opera

Most Pittsburghers know who Teenie Harris is, but did you know his brother was legend in Pittsburgh history as well? William “Woogie” Harris was instrumental in the Pittsburgh we know today. He was a number runner and one of the cities few black millionaires. His generosity helped fund minority owned businesses and institutions when regular […]

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Eartha Kitt

3 Black Women You Should Know

With millions of Black Women doing amazing things now and through out history there is no way to ever narrow down a proper top list. Instead I am going to share with you 3 women who inspired me personally and sprinkled that Black Girl Magic on my soul.    Ma Rainey Ma Rainey was dubbed […]

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Allegheny County’s Black Founders

Originally our fair county was at one time Westmoreland County. So you can imagine in an age of horse and buggy transportation being so spread out was not very convenient when it came to conduction official business.  The local men of influence came together in 1788 and decided it was time to form their own […]

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Pittsburgh Gazette ads for the sale and return of slaves

Slaves In Pittsburgh

One of the cornerstones of Black History education is Slavery. It’s the one thing you can pretty much guarantee that will make it in a history book. However even with almost universal coverage in education what is taught is still skewed and tremendously lacking. If you ask someone about slavery the most likely answer will […]

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Slavery and My Family Tree

  December 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This day was dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1986. I thought about how to approach writing about this.  Should I give a brief history lesson on the atrocities of slavery? Or perhaps discuss what it means that this day only came […]

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