HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. HOSTS RADIO SERIES
EXPLORING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORIC LANDMARKS
Washington D.C., January 2, 2004 – Moments
to Remember, an award-winning public radio series kicks
off Black History Month with Moments to Remember: African-American
Destinations. Each two-minute segment takes listeners
on a journey to historic African-American neighborhoods, homes,
monuments and other cultural landmarks. The entire series highlights
over 270 people and places that helped to build the foundation
of our nation from the 1800s to the present. Henry Louis Gates,
Jr., award- winning author and chair of the Afro-American studies
department at Harvard University is the host of this radio series.
In February, Dr. Gates will also host the PBS television series
“America Beyond the Color Line.”
“For hundreds of years, black communities
have made rich contributions to the overall growth of the United
States. We’ll give listeners a glimpse of these fascinating
communities and landmarks, past and present,” said Henry
Louis Gates, Jr.
“We hope to create more awareness about
the importance of visiting and preserving the numerous historical
treasures in African-American communities nationwide. African-American
heritage tours are becoming very popular among travelers worldwide.
Our goal is to encourage radio listeners to visit these sites
because they are a very important part of our history and culture,”
said Donna Limerick, Executive Producer.
30 cities…coast to coast...from Boston
to Seattle are featured on Moments to Remember: African-American
Destinations. Some of the stops along the way are:
Historic Neighborhoods, including Africatown
(Mobile, AL) established in the 1800s; The Pleasant Hill Historic
District (Macon, GA), built by black carpenters and brick masons
in the late 1800s; the Auburn Historic area (Atlanta, GA) featuring
the birthplace, church and gravesite of Dr. Martin Luther King
Important Cultural Landmarks,
including The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural
Center (Baltimore, MD); The Apollo Theater (New York, NY); 18th
and Vine in Kansas City, MO; the Motown Historical Museum (Detroit,
MI) and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater (San Francisco, CA).
Historic Homes of famous people,
including The Marion Anderson, Paul Robeson, John Coltrane and
Pearl Bailey residences (Philadelphia, PA); the Medgar Evers
residence (Jackson, MS); The Scott Joplin House (St. Louis,
Moments to Remember is also
featured on Africana.com.
Africana’s web-site on AOL provides extensive content
about black culture, news and the arts.
Moments to Remember was created
by executive producer, Donna Limerick. Limerick is the former
producer of Horizons, National Public Radio’s award winning
documentary series. Under her direction the series won more
than 125 major broadcasting awards. The Moments radio series
is produced by North Star Communications, a radio production
and syndication company based in Washington, D.C.
Moments to Remember is currently
broadcast on 125 public radio stations and via the Armed Forces
Radio Network (AFRN) in 17 foreign countries. Check local public
radio station listings for air times. Major funding is provided
by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. CELEBRATES BLACK
HISTORY WITH A PUBLIC RADIO SERIES
SALUTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN HISTORY
Washington, D.C., January 15, 2003 - Moments
to Remember, an award-winning public radio series that
celebrates Black History throughout the year is returning for
a second year, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In 2003, the series
begins with "Black Women: Great Moments in History."
What did they contribute to American history? Why are they significant
today? Each segment provides answers to these questions and more
by profiling the achievements of 30 black women-past to present.
Over 100 public radio stations nationwide currently air Moments
to Remember. The radio show is also featured on the Africana.com
This first of its kind public radio series features
stories about legendary women, such as Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919),
the first female millionaire, Lucy Terry Prince (1730-1821), the
first slave to argue a case before the Supreme Court and contemporary
writer Maya Angelou, the first woman to produce a screenplay.
Unknown heroines have also played a vital role in American history
like Mary Fields (1832-1914) the first female stagecoach driver
for the postal service and Susan King Taylor (1842-1912) the first
army nurse. Behind these women's stories are countless other women,
whose untold contributions are the foundation upon which we all
Henry Louis Gates Jr., award-winning author,
host of the acclaimed PBS series "Wonders of the African
World," and chair of the Afro-American studies department
at Harvard University is the program host. "I'm excited about
the continuation of this radio series. It's important for us to
remember the role of African-Americans in American History throughout
the year and not just during Black History Month. " said
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Donna Limerick, Executive Producer of the series
said, " African-American women have played a vital role in
American society. Many of these women have remained invisible
in our history books because society refused to value their work
as writers, singers, educators, journalists, politicians and more.
This series heralds the contributions of women, presents their
achievements and brings great personalities of the past to life."
Moments To Remember has received
awards from The New York Festivals, which recognize
the world's best work in news, information, entertainment, programming
& promotion and from The National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ) for its programming excellence.
Moments to Remember was created
by Executive Producer Donna Limerick. Limerick was the producer
for Horizons, National Public Radio's award-winning documentary
series from 1979-1996. Under her direction, the series won more
than 125 major broadcast awards. She has produced many radio documentaries
about jazz legends past and present, such as Jazz Is…In
The Arts, hosted by Jon Hendricks.
Moments to Remember is produced
by North Star Communications, a radio production and syndication
company located in Washington, D.C. Its national productions,
distributed by National Public Radio, include "Paul Robeson:
A Tribute to My Friend," produced in cooperation with WBGO-FM
and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Other recent productions,
distributed by National Public Radio, include "From Rhythm
and Blues: Crossing the Color Line," and "Civil Rights
Profiles," both hosted by author and civil rights activist
an AOL Time Warner Company has emerged as the nation's premiere
website devoted to worldwide black culture, news and arts.
Funding for Moments to Remember is provided by the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting.
Check local public radio station listings for air times.
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