The African American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center, in collaboration with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood Branch, has teamed up with the John Edgar Wideman Experience (JEWE) celebration to host “In Black and White” a docu-biography featuring Pittsburgh’s two literary giant artists, August Wilson and John Edgar Wideman.
“In Black and White” is a film in two parts that features the works of and interviews with two of Pittsburgh’s literary giants, August Wilson and John Edgar Wideman. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson, for example, feels his plays on black history originate in “the blood’s memory.” John Edgar Wideman draws on his own family’s experiences to explore the painful contradictions of contemporary black life.
John Edgar Wideman will lead a discussion with the audience.
Admission is free. Registration is not required.
This public program will be held at the Homewood Library Auditorium, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.
The History Center’s From Slavery to Freedom Film Series is sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
For more information, please contact Samuel W. Black, director of African American Programs, at 412-454-6391 or email@example.com.
John Edgar Wideman is one of the great, award-winning writers of the last century. He grew up in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh and set a number of his early novels and stories there. According to the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature: ‘His works mix the disparate forces of his life into an artistic form that is both intellectually challenging and experimental in the best sense of the word. A prolific novelist and essayist, Wideman’s texts consistently blend voices and genres and challenge the reader. Responding self-consciously to contemporary jazz forms, his later work is filled with free-form ad-libbing, discontinuity, and always a rich integration of voices.” A graduate of Peabody High School and the University of Pennsylvania, Wideman was the second African American Rhodes Scholar from 1962-66. A winner of many literary awards, he has taught at the University of Wyoming, University of Pennsylvania, UMASS-Amherst, and Brown. He is current work is a biography of Louis Till, the World War II veteran and father of Emmett Till, “Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File.”
Upcoming From Slavery to Freedom Film Series Events
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen
Wednesday, April 26: Struggles in Steel: A Story of African American Steelworkers
Wednesday, Aug. 16: The Language I Cry In
Wednesday, Nov. 15: In Black and White