By Maggie McCauley | Photographs by Tara Antill  

Who: Over 400 guests, including panel moderator Cydney Cooper and panelists Leon Ford, Marisa Williams, Carmen Berkley, and Brian Burley.

What: Author Brian Burley unveiled his book, YNGBLKPGH, which highlights over 140 young African-Americans who told their respective journeys and penned handwritten, open letters, all to make a difference for the next generation. A panel discussion, led by Burley and a few of those featured in the book, allowed attendees to ask questions and hear about the panelists’ journeys and future plans for YNGBLKPGH.

Where: August Wilson Center

Highlights: There was an overall authentic feeling at the release event and the level of support that was being shown throughout the event, as attendees celebrated each other and their love ones together as one big family. —M.M.

“The release of YNGBLKPGH was a great first step in the right direction of building more than just a book release, we are looking to build a more supportive and together community where we can all make this city better for our next generations.” — Brian Burley, author of YNGBLKPGH

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