I had the opportunity to attend the black history program sponsored by the Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society on Feb. 17.
I'm extremely biased about my love for the region's people, places and events. And I realize racial problems still exist everywhere, including the A-K Valley. But I have lived in the southern region of the United State for most of my adult life and the Valley is decades ahead in terms of race relations.
Over the years, I've heard the remarks about Western Pennsylvania's unique fashion sense and dialect. But after hearing derogatory racial comments on a daily basis, a flannel shirt and a “How yinz doin'?” is welcome anytime.
Thank you to those who made the black history program special — including Loretta Howell, Larry Rowe and the Willie Thrower family. You've given me a newfound perspective.
The writer is a New Kensington native.