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 stand.
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
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 Julian Bond.
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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