Host Danny Glover makes a special appearance to kick off The HistoryMakers’ 20th anniversary celebration recalling his transformative conversation with his friend Harry Belafonte that led to Glover’s own involvement in what would be the national launch of The HistoryMakers project and the beginning of The HistoryMakers’ An Evening With… celebrity interview series. This inaugural year boasted an impressive 72 interviews conducted in Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Denver. From Negro Baseball League Players, to Pullman Porters, to even a few Tuskegee Airmen, each interview features accomplished African Americans from all walks of life. A year-long ABBM-AM radio series and a grant from the state of Illinois championed by State Senator Emil Jones helped launch this ambitious project. The year also marks the beginning of The HistoryMakers collaboration with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University for its long-running educational outreach initiative. In addition to never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV taping, this evening program features a performance by Grammy Award-winning Dianne Reeves, provided courtesy of the Berklee School of Music, in tribute to Harry Belafonte and those interviewed in 2000. The night finishes off with the screening of An Evening With Harry Belafonte.
Danny Glover is an award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian with a performance career that spans more than 30 years. From the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise in film, to hit television shows such as ER, Glover has portrayed a myriad of popular roles and has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s most consummate actors. Glover’s performances in such classic motion pictures as The Color Purple, Witness, and Places in the Heart, have not only showcased his talent and versatility but have also brought him critical and audience acclaim. Honored with Awards from the NAACP, BET and SAG, Glover has also received several Emmy nominations for his work in such Television hits as Lonesome Dove. Off-screen, Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.
Dianne Reeves can effortlessly sing in whatever style she wants with her far-reaching range, whether it’s rhythm-and-blues, gospel, Latin or pop. But jazz always was—and continues to be—her musical foundation. Stretching across genres, she performed with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. She has also recorded and performed as featured soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In 2002, she became the first creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position designed to build the organization’s jazz presence in the community—in which it has greatly succeeded. Reeves was also featured in George Clooney’s acclaimed 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck, whose soundtrack provided Reeves with the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Reeves has won five Grammys to date, including the award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School.
Taped: Thursday, November 2, 2000
An Evening With Harry Belafonte, an hour long, PBS-TV live-to-tape interview program provided a rare look inside the life and times of the legendary Harry Belafonte. Taped on November 2, 2000 at The Art Institute of Chicago, entertainer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte was interviewed by his friend and fellow actor/humanitarian, Danny Glover. Mr. Belafonte has appeared in countless performances and has been honored throughout his life with many awards. Seldom, if ever, had he been interviewed about his life story prior to this An Evening With... event.