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The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection, turns twenty years old this year, and its work is more relevant than ever before. For The HistoryMakers 20@2020: Then and Now, The HistoryMakers Founder and President Julieanna Richardson, a Harvard-trained lawyer who combined her background in theatre arts and American Studies to create a living record of African American life, history and culture is interviewed by TV journalist Juan Williams. Housed permanently at the Library of Congress, The HistoryMakers collection of thousands of videotaped oral history interviews has grown to the largest of its kind. This one-on-one interview provides an inside look into Richardson’s motivation and vision when The HistoryMakers was only an idea mapped out at her dining room table. It also explores the building of the organization, its successes and challenges, how it has grown over the past two decades, and how it envisions its role in shaping the future as the digital repository for the black experience. Today, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is in over 80 colleges, universities and public libraries and its website,, is a “go to” resource that takes users into the lives of black people.

This 60-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 launching The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Date and Time

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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