The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon

Search Results

Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Share on Social Media


This hour-long one-on-one interview program provided a rare and insightful look into the life of legendary actress, minister and entertainer, Della Reese. Taped in Atlanta on June 18, 2004, in front of a live audience, Reese was interviewed by actress Lorraine Toussaint, former star of the television series Any Day Now.

From singing to acting to preaching at her church, Understanding Principles for Better Living, Reese’s career has been one worthy of celebrating. From her childhood in Detroit to singing with Mahalia Jackson and becoming the first black woman to host her own TV show, Della, to her hugely successful program Touched By An Angel, Reese has amazed audiences for six decades. A gospel singer, an actress, a minister, Della Reese is above all, an icon.

An Evening With Della Reese featured seldom seen historic footage of Reese's early career. Taped in front of a live audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting, An Evening With Della Reese marked the first time The HistoryMakers took their signature An Evening With... series on the road. With a sold-out audience of three hundred, An Evening With Della Reese swept the audience away.




Hilton Hotels CorporationMcDonald's CorporationThe Coca-Cola CompanyUnited Parcel Service

Media Sponsors

Georgia Public BroadcastingWSB-TV


  • America's Favorite Chicken
  • Bank of America
  • Jackmont Hospitality
  • Thrifty Car Rental


Additional Contributor

  • H.J. Russell & Co.

Executive Director

  • Julieanna Richardson



  • Tom Spencer


  • Brooke Jackson Edmond
  • Rod Edmonds


Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Richard O. Groves
  • Ingrid Saunders Jones
  • Walter & Shirley Massey

Benefit Committee

  • Tracey Alston
  • Kate'y Assem
  • Norma Barnes
  • Nancy Berman
  • Cheryl Blackwell Bryson
  • Jerry Blakemore
  • Dr. Kimberly Bolden
  • Jason Bonaparte
  • Alfreda Bradley-Coar
  • Lonnie Bunch
  • Antoinette Cook & Dwight Bush
  • Elvin Charity
  • Anthony Cole
  • Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon
  • Carmen Corbett
  • Jacoby & Veranda Dickens
  • Jocelyn DiPasalegne
  • Alma & Louis Dodd
  • Sharon Fairley Rogers
  • William Flynn
  • Rebecca Ford Terry
  • Vicky Free
  • Dr. Celestine Fulchon
  • Denise & Gary Gardner
  • Jeffrey Hammond
  • Malcolm & Gloria Hemphill
  • Murrell J. Higgins Duster
  • Mary Hutchings Reed
  • Theresa Jamison

Date and Time

Friday, June 18, 2004


Georgia Public Broadcasting Studio C
260 14th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
United States