Online & Virtual Events

Western Pennsylvania and the Great Migration

Feb 18, 2021 - Feb 18, 2021
Virtual Event by Heinz History Center

Join the History Center’s educators to discuss important moments in African American history in Western Pennsylvania. Each live program will dive deeply into specific stories of Black history in the Pittsburgh area, highlighting key people, places, and events in a 45-minute webinar format. Students can interact with our educators in the Q&A and chat and will be able to complete Kahoot quizzes after the presentations. Winners of the Kahoot quizzes will be announced to teachers via email.


Pittsburgh’s diverse population is not only the result of immigration, but also of migration – particularly the Great Migration, or the movement of African Americans to Northern industrial cities like Pittsburgh as they tried to escape oppressive conditions in the South. Learn about how the city changed during the Great Migration, the opportunities and issues African Americans faced on arrival, and some important people who came to Pittsburgh as part of it.


This school program is free for both teachers and students.

Today’s program will be split into a morning and afternoon session by grade level.

10 a.m. – Students in grades 3 – 6
2 p.m. – Students in grades 7 – 12

Teachers, please register yourself and your students online. Register now.

Space is limited. If the program is full, please note that a recording of each program will be available the Monday after the program on our YouTube channel.

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