31st Annual Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Annual Conference on Black History
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invite proposals for presentations for the 31st Annual Conference on Black History in Pennsylvania to be held April 3-5, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. The theme of the meeting is Crossroads of the World: 250 Years of African Americans in Greater Pittsburgh. The PHMC welcomes proposals on various topics that relate to African American life, history and culture, particularly those that explore Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, including the surrounding counties. Proposals should address the conference theme and include innovative approaches to interpreting African American history and culture, while valuable information that puts into focus the experience of African Americans in 250 years of Greater Pittsburgh’s history.
The rich cultural heritage and history of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania has significance beyond the region of the three rivers. Historically people of African decent have lived in the region since the mid-18th century. They became founders of churches, schools, and other institutions that helped sustain and enrich the lives of African Americans. They were activists fighting for their brethren’s liberation from bondage and contributed to the development of the industrial economy that gave greater life to the region. Over 250 years, African Americans in Western Pennsylvania has given the world legends of America’s classical music – Jazz; leaders of the modern civil rights movement; achieved excellence in sports, education, arts, letters, literature, and politics.
Questions and completed proposal should be submitted by February 1, 2008 to:
PHMC Conference on Black History
PHMC Black History Advisory Committee
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