An Evening With The HistoryMakers

Friday 11/19/2010

Arthur Rubloff Auditorium The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

An Evening With The HistoryMakers: Tenth Anniversary Gala is an hour-long, live-to-tape program that celebrates The HistoryMakers’ first decade of groundbreaking work. The evening, themed "COMMIT: Telling America’s Stories…Celebrating Our Future." In attendance were over 150 HistoryMakers from across the country including The Honorable Eric Holder; 98-year-old civil rights pioneer Amelia Boynton Robinson; Little Rock Nine members Ernie Green and Carlotta Walls LaNier; founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton; and “The Jazz Lady” Geraldine de Haas. This historic program, co-produced by The HistoryMakers Executive Director, Julieanna Richardson and Tony Award-winning producer and choreographer, George Faison, features performances by Dionne Warwick, Nikki Giovanni and Melba Moore as well as appearances by Denyce Graves, Reverend Al Sharpton, Gwen Ifill, Cathy Hughes, Roland Martin, and Susan Taylor.


Taped on November 20, 2010 at The Art Institute of Chicago’s Rubloff Auditorium, An Evening With The HistoryMakers documents the story of the archive from beginning to present-day. With the use of performances, speeches and archival video and photos, An Evening With The HistoryMakers recounts the organization’s history as only it knows how. Featured celebrities of past An Evening With… programs like Nikki Giovanni, Denyce Graves, Cathy Hughes, Gwen Ifill and Dionne Warwick share their experiences with The HistoryMakers while supporters Roland Martin, Melba Moore, Reverend Al Sharpton, Kephra Burns and Susan Taylor talk about the importance of the archive.


This program was produced by The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) Illinois, not-for-profit corporation. The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is committed to the development of a unique online archive of 5,000 first-person narratives of African Americans, both well-known and unsung. When completed, the archive will represent the largest one of its kind in the world.


 Executive Producer

Julieanna L. Richardson



Julieanna L. Richardson

George Faison

Special Guests (Performers)

Nikki Giovanni

Denyce Graves

Kathy Hughes

Gwen Ifill

Dwayne Lee

Roland Martin

Melba Moore

Al Sharpton

Suzanne Taylor

Dionne Warwick


 Honorary Co-Chairs

Susan L. Taylor & Khephra Burns

Madeleine Moore Burrell & Tom Burrell

James Cuno


Event Co-Chairs

Sandra Anderson Baccus

Kelly McNamara Corley


Benefit Committee 

Nicole M. Adams

Margaret Young & Peter Hurst

Alicia Batts

Willie Iles

Michelle Boone

Deborah Lathen

Alvin Boutte, Jr.

Sharon Morrow

Barbara Bowles

Stephanie Phillips & George Murray

Reuben Cannon

Belinda Pridgen

Toni Cook Bush

Cordell Reed

Merri Dee

Al Reid

Veranda & Jacoby Dickens

Robin Robinson

Craig Gilmore

James Speed

Robert Graham

Eileen Sweeney

Ernest Green

Scott Taper

Will Griffin

Riley Temple

Gloria & Malcolm Hemphill

Dorothy Terrell

James Hill

Genelle Trader


Young Leaders Host Committee


Alexis Cepeda Maule

Jason Lee

Brian Benjamin

Irene Reed

Courtney Charity

Brandon Sharp

Alyssa Colbert

Stacie Smith

Jillian Colbert

Johanna Thomas

Candice Cook

Ale Piers Torres

Sarah Fesshel

Charlie Tribbett

Evan Hendon

Maci Peterson

Kelly Hutchinson