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Book Discussion: “30 Days a Black Man”

October 25, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

30 days 2The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host a discussion with author Bill Steigerwald about his new book, “30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story That Exposed the Jim Crow South.”

The book recounts the true story of Ray Sprigle, a white Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter who went undercover as a black man in the South in the 1940s.

“Escorted through the South’s parallel black society by John Wesley Dobbs, a historic black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta, Sprigle met with sharecroppers, local black leaders, and families of lynching victims. He visited ramshackle black schools and slept at the homes of prosperous black farmers and doctors,” according to the Amazon description of the book.

Sprigle’s series was “syndicated coast to coast in white newspapers and carried into the South only by the Pittsburgh Courier, the country’s leading black paper.”

His reporting shocked some Northerners and enraged the South.

The book’s author, Steigerwald, is a journalist who has worked for the Los Angeles Times, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

PBMF member Todd Carlisle, an English and journalism professor at California University of Pennsylvania and a freelance journalist, will moderate the book discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend the event but RSVPs are appreciated.  

RSVP at pbmf-30daysbook.eventbrite.com.


October 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch
130 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States