Sala Udin (Sam Howze)

NAACP, SNCC, SCLC, Mississippi, 1965-70
Current Residence:
1507 Colwell St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2134

I worked in Holmes County, primarily. We did voters registration, Cotton Allotment Board campaigns, school desegregation, public accomodation desegregation, etc. When Head Start began, we organized a Head Start Program in Lexington and Mileston. We organized farmers cooperatives and organized share croppers. Holmes County was one of the best organized chapters of MFDP. The full description of my experience is too painful and too hard to remember, or to write. But I know I must write it before I die.

When I returned to Pittsburgh in 1970 I started a drug treatment program, a community theater (with August Wilson and Rob Penny), education improvement programs, and black political development programs, mainly under the Congress of African People.

In 1983 I moved to San Francisco, CA and then to the East Bay (Oakland) in 1988. I ran a consulting company called the Multicultural Training Resource Center.

In 1992, when my mother became terminally ill, I returned to my home town, Pittsbugh, PA, from which I continued to do consultation and training. I opened a Black bookstore called New World Books and continued my passtime as an actor.

In 1995 I got elected to the Pittsburgh City Council, where I continue to serve to this day. I am considering a run for Mayor. Stay tuned.

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