Author: Juliette Rihl, PublicSource

Young, Black and Powerful …New wave of African Americans are taking Pittsburgh area’s political scene by storm

THE FUTURE—Marita Garrett and Summer Lee.

Two years ago in Stockton, Calif., as the rest of the country was lamenting—or in some cases, celebrating—the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, Michael Tubbs, at the youthful age of 26, was becoming the city’s first Black mayor.

From Pittsburgh to Selma …Neighborhood Academy students visit historic sites, calling it ‘surreal, emotional’

NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMY STUDENTS, at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in December 2017.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mark Rubenstein too often has found himself defending young people—he decided things needed to change to prevent kids from ever setting foot in a courtroom. In 2005, inspiration struck while biking across Canada when he saw the impact of the trip had on his own son, at the time a teenager. With that in mind, Pittsburgh Youth Leadership was born.

‘Penny’ creates an epiphany …Author Nicola Yoon chased her true passion following the birth of her daughter

NICOLA YOON, speaking at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland, Jan. 21. (Photos by Gail Manker)

The Sparrow Twins — united with each other, and their HBCU

BRIA AND BRANDI SPARROW, celebrated for their accomplishments as Wilberforce University graduates at an Aug. 27 event at the Grayson Center. (Photos by Gail Manker)

Bria and Brandi showed ‘faith’ in Wilberforce through university’s tough times

Historically-Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, were created to give Black Americans the chance for the higher education they’d long been denied.

Dr. Rachel Poole, one of the first Black students in Pitt’s nursing program, dies at age 92

DR. RACHEL POOLE

Was one of the first Black students admitted to Pitt’s nursing program in 1943

Dr. Rachel Poole was a woman that wore many hats in her personal and professional life. She was a nurse, a mother, an educator, and over the years became a woman of accomplishment. But perhaps her most notable accomplishment was becoming one of the first three Black students admitted into the University of Pittsburgh’s nursing program in 1943. Dr. Poole, along with the other two Black students, graduated in 1947.