What they said about race here in 1957 and today



Between 1957 and 1977, the Pittsburgh Courier sent reporter George Barbour and photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris out to the streets to ask people questions about race, racism and other civic issues.

Their answers, published then in the nationally distributed black newspaper, became the inspiration for similar interviews done this year by KDKA-TV's Lynne Hayes-Freeland and Pittsburgh artist Nikkia Margaret Hall in conjunction with the exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?"

Selections from both projects are displayed in the Community Voices Gallery, the local element in the larger traveling exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Ms. Hayes-Freeland and Ms. Hall chose the Courier component from the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art.

The attached photos show a sampling of individuals currently represented in the Community Voices Gallery. The question asked, in September 1957 and again in February 2014, was: "What do you think of race relations here in Pittsburgh?" The question, and respondents, will change three times during the exhibition's run.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.

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