‘Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History’

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Historians and co-authors Professor Joe W. Trotter and Professor Laurence Glasco said they were pleased to see such a large crowd Feb. 28. More than 300 attended the Black History Month Celebration at the Twentieth Century Club, that launched the new University of Pittsburgh Press title, “Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History.”

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THE AUTHORS—Laurence Glasco and Joe Trotter

The special Black History Month celebration kicked off with remarks by Pitt Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Robert Hill, followed by remarks by University of Pittsburgh Press Director Cynthia Miller.

The book reveals the essence of African-American life in Pittsburgh from the closing years of the great depression through the era of the Civil Rights movement. As a photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, Harris used film to capture historic events and celebrities coming through town, as well as everyday scenes at Hill District locations.

“Despite the problems Blacks were experiencing, Harris captured the upside of African-American life. He chose to showcase a city within a city in the pictures that he took,” says Trotter.

“Harris wanted to show that there was another side to the Black experience,” says Glasco.

On this evening during their presentation, they concentrated on Teenie’s images of children (and Teenie took many of them.) The presentation was followed by a reception and book signing, where another Black History Month celebration was in the books.

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