There is nothing more powerful than a people, than a nation, steeped in its history. And there are few things as noble as honoring our ancestors by remembering. —Lonnie G. Bunch III

A portion of the Summit’s proceeds benefits the Jonny Gammage Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of the life of Jonny Gammage, a black man murdered at the hands of police officers, to encourage a path of lawyering for social justice. The scholarship is awarded to law students of color with an interest in studying civil rights and social justice issues at the University of Pittsburgh Law School or Duquesne University Law School.

This year’s essay question can be answered here. Application details can also be found on Facebook. Qualified candidates are required to submit a resume and essay application. 


Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.—Ella Baker

The Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit is an annual multicultural initiative in Pittsburgh. It Photo by Brian Wertheim on Unsplashwas inspired by the tragic demise of Jonny Gammage, a Black businessman, and philanthropist who died from positional asphyxiation at the hands of white police during a “routine” traffic stop in 1995.

“Not guilty” verdicts in the court cases against the police inspired the founding of the Black and White Reunion, which convenes the summit in order to fund the Jonny Gammage scholarship for local law students committed to social justice.

The Summit takes place at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is hosted by the Metro-Urban Institute.

The Summit enables discussion about the current state of race relations in the U.S., what we have learned so far, and pathways to deeper understanding, healing, and social action.

2018 will be the 20th Annual Summit Against Racism! It is held the Saturday after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday every year.