Pitt Celebrates Black History Month

About Pitt’s K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program

Pitt began its annual Black History Month Program in 2004 with the world premiere of the documentary K. Leroy Irvis: The Lion of Pennsylvania. In 2008, the University renamed the event the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program to honor the memory of the legendary Pennsylvania legislative leader and Pitt alumnus and emeritus trustee. Irvis, who in 1977 became the first African American speaker of the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania and the first black speaker of any state house since reconstruction, sponsored in 1966 the bill that made Pitt a state-related institution of higher education.

 

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