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Dancing with The Stars’ Music Director Ray Chew returns to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review—2011 to reflect upon another challenging year as well as to revisit the PBS-TV special An Evening With Valerie Simpson in Honor of Nick Ashford, in which Chew leads the band. The event celebrates musician-couple Valerie Simpson, interviewed by Gwen Ifill, and her late husband Nick Ashford in a full house at Northwestern University’s Thorne Auditorium. The HistoryMakers continues to educate youth across the country about the often-hidden achievements of African Americans in science, and hosts its second annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers, in which over 400 HistoryMakers speak at nearly 300 schools in over 100 cities throughout thirty-five states to share stories of perseverance and triumph. Back To School HistoryMakers include rap artist Common, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, former Ambassador Andrew Young, singer/ actress Melba Moore, Broadway choreographer George Faison, poet Nikki Giovanni, actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, social justice leader Rev. Al Sharpton, journalist Roland Martin, and poet/author Sonia Sanchez. 34 HistoryMakers are successfully interviewed in Alabama, California, Georgia, and Illinois. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV taping and other events that year, the program will include pre-recorded performances by Patti Austin, from An Evening With Valerie Simpson, and Chaz Lamar Shepherd, in tribute to Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford as well as those interviewed in 2011. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Valerie Simpson in Honor of Nick Ashford

An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford - Special Viewing

An Evening With Valerie Simpson

Taped: Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford is an hour-long, live-to-tape PBS-TV interview program that showcased the wonderful life and career of the legendary singer/songwriter duo Ashford & Simpson. Taped in 2011 at Northwestern University Law School's Thorne Auditorium, An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford featured the first public interview of R&B icon Valerie Simpson after the untimely passing of her husband and songwriting partner, Nick Ashford. Simpson was candid, revealing and witty as she talked about she and Nick Ashford's chart-topping career

Tony Award winner and choreographer George Faison co-produced the show alongside The HistoryMakers Founder and Executive Director Julieanna Richardson. Ray Chew, Ashford & Simpson's musical director for over twenty years, led the band and served as the program's music producer. Hosted by noted PBS-TV journalist Gwen Ifill, An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford included musical performances by Patti Austin and Kindred the Family Soul.

Find more information on the program here.

Date and Time

Friday, December 11, 2020

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

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