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  • HM Greetings: Daphne Maxwell Reid – 0:02-0:36
  • HM Greetings: Kenneth Crooks – 0:37-1:03
  • HM Greetings: Veronica Webb – 1:04-1:19
  • HM Greetings: Sanford Cloud, Jr. – 1:20-2:02
  • HM Greetings: Dr. Georges C. Benjamin - 2:03-2:42
  • Narrator Julieanna Richardson – 2:43-3:11
  • Celebrity Presenter Ray Chew – 3:12-5:15
  • Behind the Scenes – 5:16-13:56
  • Musical Tribute to 2011 HistoryMakers by Patti Austin – 13:57-17:20
  • Celebrity Presenter Ray Chew – 17:22-18:24
  • HM Greetings: Debra Martin Chase – 18:26-18:37
  • HM Greetings: Freda Payne – 18:38-19:32
  • HM Greetings: Ivan Yaeger – 19:33-19:59
  • HM Greetings: Callie Crossley – 20:00-20:07
  • HM Greetings: Steven Cutting – 20:08-20:29
  • An Evening With Valerie Simpson in Honor of Nick Ashford (PBS TV Show) – 20:30-1:16:45

2011 saw Dancing with The Stars’ Music Director Ray Chew step forward to serve as music director for An Evening With Valerie Simpson in Honor of Nick Ashford after Nick Ashford’s untimely passing. The HistoryMakers is pleased to have him serve as tonight’s celebrity host. 2011 had already been a year filled with presentations at science centers across the country-Columbus, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland and Washington, D.C. It would also find The HistoryMakers expanding its annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers program to 300 schools in 100 cities and towns in 35 states. Its interview operations would maintain lower than usual levels with 34 interviews added to the archives from Alabama, California, Georgia, and Illinois. George Faison-who had made the original ask and who had served as Ashford & Simpson’s choreographer-came to Chicago along with Patti Austin, Kindred the Family Soul and PBS-TV’s Gwen Ifill to honor this celebrated musician-couple. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage, this program will take you on a trip down memory lane with a performance by Patti Austin. Immediately following the program is 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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