Radio host and activist Joe Madison joins us to host the last installment of The HistoryMakers Year in Review - 2019 & 2020 and reflect on some of the most recent events of the organization, including An Evening With Debra Lee, showcasing the life and career of media and entertainment mogul Debra Lee in the first An Evening With… fundraiser held on the west coast. Founder and President Julieanna Richardson is invited back to her alma mater Brandeis University to interview the legendary Angela Davis, and the organization continues to travel around the country to honor regional HistoryMakers, conducting 131 interviews by the end of 2019. Before the COVID-19 pandemic strikes in 2020, Julieanna Richardson launches The WomanMakers Initiative and Advisory Board at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. The HistoryMakers 20@2020 campaign is already underway with a reception in Miami in March and, after conducting 15 HistoryMakers interviews, operations are forced to move online. 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 Esperanza Spalding and Rober Glasper, from International Jazz Day, in tribute to Debra Lee and those interviewed in 2019 and 2020. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Debra Lee and The HistoryMakers on Courage.
Radio host Joe Madison was born on June 16, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967, and enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He received his B.A. degree in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971, and began working as communications associate for Mead Corporation, and as associate director of urban affairs at Seymour & Lundy Associates from 1971 to 1974. He served as branch executive director of the Detroit NAACP from 1974 to 1978, and as national political director for the NAACP from 1978 to 1986. Madison’s broadcasting career began at Detroit's WXYZ-AM in 1980, and he eventually worked at Philadelphia’s WWDB-FM, Washington, D.C.’s WWRC-AM, and Radio One. He served as broadcaster and program director at WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. from 1999 to 2013. Madison joined SiriusXM in 2007, hosting SiriusXM Urban View’s weekday morning show, The Joe Madison Show, as “The Black Eagle.”
Taped: Friday, October 11, 2019
An Evening With Debra Lee explores the interesting life and career of one of the nation’s top women in media and entertainment. She began her career as a typical young corporate lawyer at Black Entertainment Television (BET) as in-house counsel. Her career took off from there. Ms. Lee worked alongside founder of BET, Bob Johnson, playing an instrumental role in the company’s growth. At the end of the historic $3 billion sale of BET to Viacom, Lee became the CEO of BET. The network began to launch original programming and expanded BET’s reach beyond the music videos as they launched a Black woman-centered network, Centric.
Hosted by ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts, An Evening With Debra Lee, this story is told against the backdrop of R&B music by music director from Dancing With the Stars Ray Chew and his Ray Singers with performance from Eric Benet and the legendary Chaka Khan.
The HistoryMakers: Courage is the third volume of The HistoryMakers documentary series, focused on possessing the courage to fight for your dreams. Through a series of real life stories and experiences, this documentary illustrates how taking stands against social, economic, and racial barriers, were amongst the many courageous actions taken by these History Makers to achieve their aspirations. Through the revealing personal stories of influential African Americans such as Nikki Giovanni, Vernon Jordan, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, and many others, we are shown the importance of following your own path and standing up for what you believe in despite the opposition or consequences. With compelling stories of adversity, perseverance, and triumph, these History Makers tell of the great amount of courage necessary to achieve success as an African American. Purchase DVD here.