Samuel Black, director of African American programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center, will speak at Duquesne University on Feb. 11 as part of the University's United Pittsburgh speaker series.

United Pittsburgh is a new initiative developed by Duquesne's Center for Catholic Faith and Culture that combines academic courses with a free public speaker series. It focuses on collaboration with the community by providing new insights into Catholic social teaching and promoting civic awareness among the University's students, faculty and staff. These community forums are open to the public and free of charge.

Black will present How Did We Get Here? at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 in room 104 of College Hall at Duquesne University.

In addition to his role at the History Center, Black is president of the Association of African American Museums and recently served on the executive council and advisory council of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He has authored a number of essays and narratives, including Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era, and served as editor of The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience. Black received the American Association for State and Local History's Award of Merit in 2014.

Black has a degree in African American Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, where he was a recipient of the Perry Drake-Weston Award.

Details about United Pittsburgh, the speaker series and registration are available online or by contacting the CCFC at (412) 396-1595 or

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February 07, 2019