Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

On November 22, 1966, during the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech at The University of Pittsburgh Student Union. His speech concluded with the words, “I still believe in the future. Our goal is freedom, and we’ll get there because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is

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Mac Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mac Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mac Miller lived his life like his songs—fast, ambitious, and raw. Born Malcolm James McCormick, the American rapper began his career in Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of 15. Between 2010 and 2018, he released five studio albums and founded his own record label. Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa are proud Pittsburgh natives who became award-winning rappers and musicians. Pittsburghers and

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Mayors of Pittsburgh

Mayors of Pittsburgh

The records for leaders in Pittsburgh go back to the year 1794 with George Robinson as the first of eight Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh. Then, in 1816, Pittsburgh incorporated as a city and the first mayor was appointed by the city council. Here’s a brief bio of each Pittsburgh mayor, from present day to 1816. Ed Gainey (2022-present), Democrat On January 3, 2022, Pittsburgh swore

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Rachel Carson – Pittsburgh’s Conservationist

Rachel Carson - Pittsburgh’s Conservationist

Rachel Carson is regarded as the galvanizer of the environmental movement. Early Years Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907, to Robert and Marie Carson, in Springdale, Pennsylvania. The youngest of their three children, she was raised on the family farm where she observed and fell in love with nature. She attended Springdale High until she was a junior and then graduated from nearby

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Roger Humphries-Pittsburgh’s Drumming Genius

Roger Humphries-Pittsburgh’s Drumming Genius

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The corny answer to this old joke was always, “Practice, Practice, Practice.” This rings true for the legendary Pittsburgh drummer, Roger Humphries. But being born into a musical family doesn’t hurt either. Early Years Humphries was born on January 30, 1944, the youngest of 10 children and was raised on Pittsburgh’s North Side. His uncles Frank and Hildred

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Robert Morris

Robert Morris

If George Washington had had his way, today, you may be seeing Morris on Broadway rather than the musical Hamilton. Robert Morris was known as the “Financier of the American Revolution” and was such a financial wizard that after the war, President George Washington offered him the position of Secretary of the Treasury in his cabinet. Morris declined the position and urged Washington to select Alexander Hamilton instead.

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William Pitt the Elder: Pittsburgh’s Well-Respected Namesake

William Pitt the Elder: Pittsburgh’s Well-Respected Namesake

Had King George III of Britain listened to William Pitt, those living in Pittsburgh today might be sipping tea and watching cricket instead of drinking Iron City beer and watching Steelers football. The city of Pittsburgh was named for the noted politician and statesman, William Pitt the Elder (not to be confused with his son, William Pitt the Younger) who often defended the rights of

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Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Presently, there are 26 quarterbacks in the NFL Hall of Fame from the modern era. Of those, six of them hail from our own backyard–more than any other place in the country.  Here are their stories. Johnny Unitas: 1979 Johnny Unitas was born in Pittsburgh on May 7, 1933, to Leon and Helen. Ultimately raised by a single mother after the death of their father,

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Pittsburgh Spotlight: Getting to Know Joylette Portlock PhD & Sustainable Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Spotlight: Getting to Know Joylette Portlock PhD & Sustainable Pittsburgh

In recent decades, humanity’s impact on the environment has increasingly become a topic of interest-both on a global and local stage. And while leaders from across the world gather to discuss ways to incorporate sustainability and eco-friendly practices into national policy, it is important to recognize the efforts and groundbreaking movements happening on a local level. We reached out to Sustainable Pittsburgh, a nonprofit advancing

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Plots of Famous Pittsburghers

Plots of Famous Pittsburghers

Throughout our area’s history, people who have been born here or have come here and made an impact on the world—some for good, while others not so much. Here’s a look at some famous people associated with Pittsburgh and where they have been laid to rest. John Brashear Most people associate parks with fun, but Riverview Park on the city’s North Side is also a

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