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.