Hosting The HistoryMakers Year in Review—2018 is sportscaster J.B. Brown, who will guide us through another rich year for the organization, including his interview of Ken Chenault in the year’s annual fundraiser An Evening With Ken Chenault, taped in front of a sold-out audience from the business, civic, and philanthropic communities at the New York Times Center. The event was The HistoryMakers’ most successful fundraiser to date, securing $3.2 million for the organization. On the road, The HistoryMakers makes stops in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Little Rock, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Boston, Anchorage, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Nova Scotia to celebrate regional HistoryMakers and forge new partnerships with universities, libraries, and school systems. The year wraps up with 210 HistoryMaker interviews conducted in cities around the nation. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV tapings and other events that year, the program includes a pre-recorded performance by the late Al Jarreau, from International Jazz Day, in tribute to Ken Chenault, Harry Lennix, and those interviewed in 2018. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Ken Chenault and A Musical Night With Harry Lennix.
Taped: Saturday, November 3, 2018
An Evening With Ken Chenault will be a live-to-tape, one-on-one interview with former American Express CEO Ken Chenault conducted by sportscaster James Brown at New York City’s The New York Times Center. Taking place on Saturday, November 3, 2018, the program will pay tribute to Chenault’s extraordinary life and career. As Brown guides Chenault through his early professional years as a lawyer and consultant into his nearly forty year career at American Express, the audience will hear stories of ambition and perseverance.
An Evening With Ken Chenault will not only spotlight one of the nation’s most accomplished business and civic leaders. It also will contribute to a developing conversation on the history of African Americans in business, a topic too long ignored.
Taped: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, The HistoryMakers hosted A Musical Evening With Harry Lennix, a live program featuring singing, performance and storytelling from native Chicagoan and actor Harry Lennix and singer Terisa Griffin. Dr. Anita Blanchard severed as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. The show included musical performances by Musical Director Terisa Griffin, Dee Alexander, Felicia Fields and Lynne Jordan as well as performances by local high school students and excerpts from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.