From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: Torchbearers
Join the History Center’s African American Program for a free, online screening of “Torchbearers.”
Part of the 2023 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, “Torchbearers” revisits Pittsburgh’s struggles during the golden era of civil rights and introduces many of the people who lit the way for the generations that followed. The documentary includes rare archival footage and a score by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Emmai Alaquiva. Featured interviews include Reverend Leroy Patrick, Alma Speed Fox, Professor Larry Glasco, and other trailblazers who risked everything to change a city and a country. The film originally premiered on WQED on Feb. 23, 2006.
Narrated by journalist Chris Moore and produced by veteran producer Minette Seate, “Torchbearers” is a celebration of lives driven by a greater purpose. Moore and Seate will discuss the making of “Torchbearers” and its implications for understanding the African American experience in Pittsburgh following the screening.
“Torchbearers” is free with registration.
Minette Seate is a producer of programs and documentaries at WQED Multimedia. In 2022, Minette was awarded the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter for 25 years of service in television and media. Her award-winning documentaries include: “Childhood Lost: The Adultification of African American Girls,” “The Good Fight,” “Friends and Neighbors,” “The State of Black Pittsburgh,” and “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” for the 2016 PBS American Masters Series.
Chris Moore was host of “Black Horizons,” the nation’s longest running television program dedicated to concerns of African Americans on WQED-TV until 2010. He also produced and narrated “Wylie Avenue Days,” an Emmy Award-winning documentary on the Hill District. Chris Moore is a Grambling State University graduate and Vietnam veteran. He serves as a member of the board of Fairview Park and the co-director of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop.
The From Slavery to Freedom Film Series is presented by the History Center’s African American Program. The series is supported by Highmark and Allegheny Health Network.