Mark Whitaker

Mark Whitaker is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir My Long Trip Home. The former managing editor of CNN Worldwide, he was previously the Washington bureau chief for NBC News and a reporter and editor at Newsweek, where he rose to become the first African American leader of a national newsweekly.

Editor P.L. Prattis (center, in vest) and staff in the Pittsburgh Courier newsroom in the mid-1940s

Pittsburgh's Black Renaissance Started in Its Schools

From the 1920s through the 1950s, Schenley High, Westinghouse High, and other city schools graduated scores of black notables and anchored the neighborhoods around them.