Black Detroit: Book Signing and Talk with Herb Boyd (U.S.)

Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Free RSVP 2017-11-03 7 p.m. 2017-11-03 America/New_York Black Detroit: Book Signing and Talk with Herb Boyd (U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a reading with Herb Boyd, presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival. Herb will be discussing his latest book, Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination

Black Detroit is a groundbreaking history of the struggles and resilience of African Americans from the city’s birth two hundred years ago until the present.  Boyd explores the important contributions that many well-known individuals, institutions, and events –  such Mayor Coleman Young and the automobile plant’s labor struggles –  made to Detroit’s black experience.  He also explores many lesser known individuals and organizations who made important contributions. Boyd is a political and cultural product of post-WWII Detroit and writes with intimate knowledge and compassion.

Black Detroit has received rave reviews in the Washington Post, on C-Span, at The Charles Wright African American Museum, and other prominent venues.  Kirkus Reviews said Black Detroit is an “inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience.”



Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, professor and author or editor of twenty-three books, including his latest, The Diary of Malcolm X, edited with Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter.  He teaches African American history and culture at the City College of New York in Harlem, where he lives.

Herb Boyd’s appearance is part of the 9th annual African Film Festival that begins Thursday, November 2nd and runs through May 2018. The Festival line-up will continue to build and will be announced.  



Over the past nine years, Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival has screened 128 films from across the African diaspora at various Pittsburgh-area venues including the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh—Homewood Branch, The Shadow Lounge, City of Asylum, Southside Cinema Works, Westinghouse High School, Chatham University, the Wilkinsburg Public Safety Council, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival is made possible by support from Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowment, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and our patrons.


Event Details

November 3, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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