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June 2021

BLK FREEDOM
June 15 @ 12:00 pm

10 leading Black museums and historical institutions from coast to coast will join forces for BLKFREEDOM.org to commemorate Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas. The annual collaboration has produced a film documenting the national exploration of the deeprooted anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” through the eyes of historic museums and anthropologists from across the United States. BLKFREEDOM.org will commemorate the anniversary of Juneteenth. Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when…

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NuHymes/ Black Liberatory Practices
June 19 @ 11:59 pm

Premieres June 19th @ 6:00 PM Multidisciplinary artist Frewuhn presents a musical timeline of performance and dialogue surrounding present-future notions of protest and practices of freedom. She engages liberatory practice in performance to contextualize freedom through cross-pollinating music of black pride with nu-hymns. VIEW HERE

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Lit Fridays
June 25 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. ARIANA BROWN is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020) and the debut…

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July 2021

Creating Black Autonomous Spaces
July 8 @ 5:00 pm

Led by Baltimore-native photographer, artist and archivist SHAN Wallace and Pittsburgh-based artist and administrator Jessica Gaynelle Moss, CREATING BLACK AUTONOMOUS SPACES will investigate the past and imagine the future of Black Autonomous Spaces through an examination of Wallace’s most recent body of work, The Avenue.

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AWCommunity Day
July 17 @ 11:00 am

This free, virtual family-friendly event features local artisans and performers. Viewers can enjoy yoga and meditation, delicious food recipes, a robotics presentation from Sarah Heinz House and studio tour with Cue Perry at the Ohringer Building. AWCommunity Day is a quarterly event that is proudly sponsored by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.

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Lit Fridays with Micaiah Johnson
July 30 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Micaiah Johnson was raised in California’s Mojave Desert surrounded by trees named Joshua and women who told stories. She received her bachelor of arts in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside,…

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August 2021

Frederick Douglass Now
August 21 @ 7:00 pm

Roger Guenveur Smith returns to the stage with his signature solo show, Frederick Douglass Now.  Frederick Douglass Now is a monologue inspired by the life and work of the self-liberated abolitionist and pioneering feminist Frederick Douglass. Smith has edited Douglass' class 19th Century texts into a jazz-infused narrative, bookended by original writing of Beckettian force to produce the kind of edgy stylistic mash-up of which vital contemporary theater is made. Smith has been inspired by the pioneering abolitionist and feminist…

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Lit Fridays with Dustin Pearson
August 27 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Dustin Pearson is the author of A Season in Hell with Rimbaud (BOA Editions, 2022), Millennial Roost (C&R Press, 2018), and A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight…

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September 2021

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
September 17, 2021 to September 19, 2021

PIJF brings you the best in jazz. World renowned musicians grace our stages as well as new artists to watch. We employ over 140 local musicians every year during the PIJF. There's no place like Pittsburgh!   Learn More

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Lit Fridays with Anaïs Duplan
September 24 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of upcoming book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture…

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