TBD makes a special appearance to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review—2015, a year that saw the organization travel to Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and California to host events honoring regional HistoryMakers. In addition, the archive is licensed to public schools, libraries, and universities around the country. The HistoryMakers flies two students and their teachers to Philadelphia to honor the students as winners of the first HistoryMakers Digital Archive Competition, and at the sixth annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers program, nearly 400 HistoryMakers share their stories with students at 200 schools throughout the nation. The year ends on a high note with An Evening With Sheila Johnson, celebrating the violinist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist at The Art Institute of Chicago, and a grant from the Ford Foundation, although only 14 HistoryMakers are interviewed in total. 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 the Grammy Award-winning Sweet Honey In The Rock, in tribute to Sheila Johnson and those interviewed in 2015. Immediately following will be a screening of The HistoryMakers On Success and An Evening With Sheila Johnson.
Tape: Saturday, November 14, 2015
An Evening With Sheila Johnson was a live-to-tape, one-on-one interview with entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson conducted by veteran PBS-TV news journalist Gwen Ifill. Taped on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at The Art Institute of Chicago, the program featured performances by Susan Starrett, Everett Greene, Joan Collaso and Kindred The Family Soul. An Evening With Sheila Johnson was the twenty-third program in The HistoryMakers’ signature An Evening With… series.
Throughout the evening, Ifill guided Johnson through significant moments of personal and professional transformation. Beginning with Johnson’s time as a music educator, the interview moved into a conversation about Black Entertainment Television (BET) - its founding, expansion, and ultimate sale to Viacom - before transitioning to Johnson’s later entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. An Evening With Sheila Johnson spotlighted Johnson’s numerous accomplishments in the realms of music, media, sports and hospitality.
The HistoryMakers: Success is the first in The HistoryMakers series of documentaries, focused on the achievement of success in the face of adversity. Through a series of real life stories and experiences, this documentary chronicles the long road to success that many well-known and unsung African American history-makers have had no make along with the many obstacles that have stood in their way. This unique collection of oral history features interviews with prominent History Makers such as Terry McMillan, Isaac Hayes, Horace Julian Bond, Ossie Davis and a host of many other influential African-Americans who have contributed to society and history. This documentary uses the exploration of the struggle behind the success to serve as both words of wisdom and motivation. Ultimately, these inspirational stories emphasize the importance of education, risk taking, hard work, and perseverance in overcoming racial barriers to achieve success against all odds. Purchase DVD here.