Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Awards: George Polk Award, New York City’s Century Club’s Women of the Year Award, Harlem Renaissance Award
Journalist and activist Evelyn Cunningham wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier from its Harlem office for many years. She covered the civil rights movement extensively, and primarily shed light on the struggles of African Americans, women, and those living in poverty. Cunningham was seated at the head of at least 14 government commissions and boards to advise politicians and policymakers about their approach to securing equal rights for these groups. Read more here.
“Evelyn Cunningham.” Penn State University Libraries. 24 June 2020.