Jacob Lawrence’s They Arrived in Pittsburgh

Jacob Lawrence’s They Arrived in Pittsburgh

The yellow basket and the yellow summer hat in They Arrived in Pittsburgh suggest that there will be a picnic. The grimy factory stacks spewing smoke suggest otherwise. The basket and hat symbolize the hope that in Pittsburgh (or any other industrial city), the...
Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past

Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past

Jacqueline Woodson’s We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (1997) is a joyous family gathering with mounds to eat. A feast. It’s a story about a African American family reunion picnic in an urban park. The narrator, a young girl, comes with her Grandma, who has worked all...