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Sala Udin has been a community organizer for 40 years, including a four-year stint with the Freedom Riders in the South, where he was frequently arrested and beaten for helping integrate lunch counters, and getting blacks registered to vote and exercise their civil rights.

Sala Udin has been a community organizer for 40 years, including a four-year stint with the Freedom Riders in the South, where he was frequently arrested and beaten for helping integrate lunch counters, and getting blacks registered to vote and exercise other civil rights. He traces his inspiration for community activism to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in 1963, which he attended. Udin and his family were among 8,000 people and 400 businesses that were displaced by construction of the Civic Area in the early 1950s. He’s back now advocating for black representation in every aspect of the Lower Hill’s redevelopment while trying to restore the cultural mission of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. 

Experience: Udin is the past president and CEO of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and represented the Hill District on Pittsburgh City Council for three terms. He was also a classmate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson and performed in his plays. He co-founded the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and serves on the board of the Hill Community Development Corp.

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Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/print-edition/2015/05/01/personali...

Date Published: 
Friday, May 1, 2015

 

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