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  • Narrator Julieanna Richardson – 0:02-0:29
  • Celebrity Presenter Trymaine Lee – 0:30-1:48
  • Behind the Scenes – 1:49-12:29
  • Musical Tribute to 2004 HistoryMakers by The Clarke Sisters – 12:30-18:53
  • Celebrity Presenter Trymaine Lee – 18:54-19:26
  • An Evening With Della Reese (PBS TV Show) – 19:27-1:16:35
  • The HistoryMakers on Faith (PBS TV Show) – 1:16:36-

Hosted by MSNBC journalist Trymaine Lee, this behind the scenes look at The HistoryMakers organization starts with 2004 Salutes to The HistoryMakers in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. 2004 also marked the continued entry of The HistoryMakers in new markets including its participation in a commemoration program of Bloody Sunday. In Chicago, The HistoryMakers would host Reverend Martin Luther King’s oldest and only remaining sibling, Christine King Farris, with her children’s book: My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sounds of Experience: A Conversation on Making Music. In Los Angeles, TV director Stan Lathan would screen the Simmons Lathan Talking Truth Documentary series that was hosted by James Avery and based on content from The HistoryMakers archives for a standing room only crowd during the L.A. Salute to The HistoryMakers.  An Evening With Della Reese would serve to launch The HistoryMakers Atlanta/Southeast region with the support of Ingrid Saunders Jones and Sonjia Young. Della Reese was interviewed by Lorraine Toussaint at Georgia Public Broadcasting which became The HistoryMakers producing home. 264 HistoryMakers were interviewed in more than a dozen states: Alabama, California, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. This evening program will include behind the scenes footage and end with a musical tribute by the Grammy Award-winning Clark Sisters, provided courtesy of the Berklee College of Music, in tribute to Della Reese and those interviewed in 2004. The night finishes up with the screening of An Evening With Della Reese and The HistoryMakers on Faith

An Evening With Della Reese - Special Viewing

An Evening With Della Reese

Taped: Friday, June 18, 2004

This hour-long one-on-one interview program provided a rare and insightful look into the life of legendary actress, minister and entertainer, Della Reese. Taped in Atlanta on June 18, 2004, in front of a live audience, Reese was interviewed by actress Lorraine Toussaint, former star of the television series Any Day Now.

From singing to acting to preaching at her church, Understanding Principles for Better Living, Reese’s career has been one worthy of celebrating. From her childhood in Detroit to singing with Mahalia Jackson and becoming the first black woman to host her own TV show, Della, to her hugely successful program Touched By An Angel, Reese has amazed audiences for six decades. A gospel singer, an actress, a minister, Della Reese is above all, an icon.

An Evening With Della Reese featured seldom seen historic footage of Reese's early career. Taped in front of a live audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting, An Evening With Della Reese marked the first time The HistoryMakers took their signature An Evening With... series on the road. With a sold-out audience of three hundred, An Evening With Della Reese swept the audience away.

Find more information on the program here.

Date and Time

Saturday, December 5, 2020

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

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