Journalist Trymaine Lee joins the celebration to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review—2014, a year that sees An Evening With Vernon Jordan and marks a significant milestone for The HistoryMakers with An Evening With Gwen Ifill In Celebration of the Announcement of The Library of Congress as the Permanent Repository for The HistoryMakers Collection in Washington, D.C. With an interview by Michele Norris, the organization turns the tables on the longtime An Evening With… interviewer Ifill, giving an inside view of her childhood and career growth as a print and television journalist. The HistoryMakers Founder and President Julieanna Richardson receives Black Enterprise’s highest recognition of women’s achievement, the Legacy Award, at the 2014 Women of Power Summit in Florida, and is featured as one of 19 iconic “baby boomers” in the PBS special American Masters: The Boomer List. With a $1.6 million grant from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Charitable Foundation, The HistoryMakers is able to add 2,000 oral history interviews, including some of the 193 conducted in 2014, to the digital archive, a groundbreaking resource that opens The HistoryMakers archives to people all across the globe. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV taping and other events that year, the program includes a pre-recorded performance by George Duke, provided courtesy of the Berklee School of Music, in tribute to Gwen Ifill, Vernon Jordan, and those interviewed in 2014. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Vernon Jordan and An Evening With Gwen Ifill.
Trymaine Lee is an MSNBC columnist and correspondent, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist and host of the podcast “Into America.” He covers social justice issues and the role of race, violence, politics and law enforcement in America. In 2020, he launched “The Race Report,” a special MSNBC series that explores the intersection between race and politics this election season.
Jazz producer and musician George Duke was born on January 12, 1946 in San Rafael, California and raised in Marin City, a working class section of Marin County. Duke captured the attention of the jazz world through his collaborations with Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, and Julian ""Cannonball"" Adderley. In the mid-1970s, Duke became a solo artist and enjoyed success with a series of funk and fusion-oriented LP's such as, From Me To You, Reach For It and A Brazilian Love Affair. Duke also became an accomplished producer of albums and musical scores for film and television. Additionally, Duke has acted as a musical director for a number of musical television specials, including the Soul Train Music Awards. In 2001, Duke won a Grammy Award for producing the Best Jazz Vocal Album, Dianne Reeves’ In The Moment. He produced the album Dukey Treats in 2008. George Duke passed away on August 5, 2013.
Taped: Saturday, April 12, 2014
An Evening With Vernon Jordan was a live-to-tape, one-on-one interview with esteemed civic and business leader Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., conducted by veteran PBS-TV news journalist Gwen Ifill. Taped on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at New York City’s The New York Times Center, the program featured presentations by award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault; American Express Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ken Chenault; and Xerox Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ursula Burns. Rodrick Dixon performed several musical numbers throughout, including “A Song for You” and “Make Them Hear You.”
Through personal narration, archival photos and news clips, An Evening With Vernon Jordan traced Jordan’s path from his civil rights activism in the South through his leadership of the National Urban League in the 1980s to his chairmanship of the Clinton presidential transition team. Advice on mentoring and leadership were interwoven throughout. Entertaining and enlightening, An Evening With Vernon Jordan was a night not to be forgotten!
Taped: Saturday, November 8, 2014
An Evening With Gwen Ifill was a live-to-tape, one-on-one interview with veteran PBS-TV news journalist Gwen Ifill, conducted by noted NPR journalist Michele Norris. Taped on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Library of Congress, the program paid tribute to Ifill, the long time host of The HistoryMakers’ signature An Evening With… series. An Evening With Gwen Ifill also celebrated the announcement of the Library of Congress as the permanent repository of The HistoryMakers collection.
The twenty-second program in The HistoryMakers’ An Evening With… series, An Evening With Gwen Ifill turned the interviewer’s lens on Ifill herself, and in the process, Ifill, through stories from the campaign trail and the anchor desk, demonstrated how she had earned her reputation as a trusted and balanced reporter. An Evening With Gwen Ifill was a unique opportunity to showcase one of America’s leading onscreen voices in a more intimate audience setting.