'Smoketown' celebrates Pittsburgh's little-known 'Black Renaissance'
Unless you’re old enough to remember or you pay more than cursory attention to the history of African-Americans in the 20th century, you would barely suspect that once upon a time, Pittsburgh was one of the country’s citadels of black aspiration in music, sports, business and culture.
This is the world affectionately summoned back to life with zest and passion by Mark Whitaker in Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance (Simon & Schuster, 400 pp., ★★★★ out of four).
There’s something close to enchantment to be found in the stories Whitaker unpacks piece by piece,... read more
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