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This year looks back upon the annual An Evening With… celebrity series, this time featuring record executive and Motown label founder Berry Gordy as interviewed by Gwen Ifill at The Art Institute of Chicago. 2011 was a year of improved fortunes for the organization as events are hosted around the country celebrating barrier-breaking African Americans, with a spotlight on women in the sciences, math, engineering, technology, and the military. Founder and President Julieanna Richardson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Howard University, and The HistoryMakers expanded its online presence to the public by launching a new website that gives access to over 350 full-length interviews from the digital archive. The third annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers was another resounding success with educational events held at nearly 300 schools around the country. By December, 199 HistoryMakers were interviewed in cities across the nation. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV taping and other events that year, the program includes pre-recorded performances by Smokey Robinson, in tribute to Berry Gordy and those interviewed in 2012. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Berry Gordy.

An Evening With Berry Gordy - Special Viewing

An Evening With Berry Gordy

Taped: Saturday, November 17, 2012

An Evening With Berry Gordy was a must see, live-to-tape one-on-one interview with Berry Gordy conducted by award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill. Taped in November 2012 before a live audience at The Art Institute of Chicago, Ifill and Gordy began their journey in Detroit where Gordy founded Motown Records in 1959 and grew the company into the most successful African American-owned enterprise in the United States. Ifill’s interview led the audience through Gordy’s celebrated life as entrepreneur, songwriter, record producer, movie director and producer.

The program included performances by Valerie Simpson, KEM, and Janelle Monae as well as Brandon Dixon and Valisia Lekae from Motown: The Musical. Gordy’s son, Stefan Gordy, known to the music world as Redfoo, one-half of the hip-hop musical group, LMFAO, was in attendance.

Find more information on the program here.

Date and Time

Saturday, December 12, 2020

7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. PST

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