Our 6TH ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE HISTORYMAKERS_ program this
September was an enormous success, with 400 of our HistoryMakers speaking at schools across the country in 67 cities and 32 states. The program could not have come together without the valuable time and effort of the HistoryMakers who participated, who volunteered themselves
and shared their stories. Nor could it have come together without the valiant efforts of the teachers and school administrators who not only took their time to organize these programs, but who help students learn more about themselves and their history year-round.
HistoryMakers In Print
To celebrate the success of the _Back to School With The HistoryMakers _program this year, we wanted to show you all of the press we received. This year, THE WASHINGTON POST  sent its chief education writer, Emma Brown, to write about our program. This article, the first major article
about The HistoryMakers in The Washington Post, covered Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, Illinois, where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Burrell Communications Founder Tom Burrell, News Anchor Cheryl Burton, and HistoryMakers Founder and Executive Director Julieanna
Richardson spoke to students.
The NNPA  published an article about The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and the lasting relationships between schools and HistoryMakers that have resulted from our Back to School program. The LOS ANGELES WAVE  wrote about Fifth Dimension singers Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo’s visit to Dorsey High School, McCoo’s alma mater. In Florida, the SUN SENTINEL  wrote about interior designer of the stars Cecil Hayes, who was also returning to her alma mater, Dillard High School, to share stories of how she overcame some of the obstacles that students still
face today. The FLORIDA TIMES-UNION  shared about Retired Army Sgt. Major Michele Jones’ message of courage to students at LaVilla School of the Arts, and the MIAMI HERALD  wrote about archivist Dorothy Fields and reporter Bea Hines’ visit to Brownsville Middle School, the site of
one of Hines’ first assignments as a young journalist. In Washington, D.C., The AFRO-AMERICAN  covered programs at two schools: celebrityphotographer Don Baker’s visited Ellington School of the Arts, and healthcare entrepreneur Jayfus Doswell’s visited Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
In Chicago, the Crusader covered HistoryMakers visits in two separate schools. Poet Angela Jackson visited SAINT SABINA ACADEMY  to share with students the importance of education: that words will open the door for students to express themselves to the world. Crusader Publisher Dorothy Leavell and Educator Robert Starks visited GEORGE DONOGHUE CHARTER SCHOOL , where they told students to pursue their education and to dream big. In Lansing, Michigan, District Court Judge Hugh Barrington Clarke visited Hope Middle School, a school which he has adopted and plans to visit four times a year. His visit, as well as a selfie with all of the enthusiastic students, appeared in the LANSING STATE JOURNAL . In Ohio, the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL  helped share
the stories of Coming Together Project Director Fannie Brown and former Deputy Mayor Dorothy Jackson, who told students of the struggles that their families overcame in Akron. The PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW  covered Justice Cynthia Baldwin’s visit to McKeesport Area High School,
while the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE  captured Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson’s enthusiastic smile as she spoke to students at Nibley Park Elementary School. The MILWAUKEE COURIER  also covered Dr. Joan Prince’s presentation at Milwaukee School of the Arts, where she urged
students to think beyond their zip codes.
HistoryMakers on Radio and Television
Radio interviews were once again a major source of publicity this year,
including interviews on the
TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW , KEEPIN’ IT REAL WITH AL SHARPTON, MATT
MCGILL MORNING SHOW ON WVON, WYSO in Dayton, THE MARC STEINER SHOW in
Baltimore, and the RADIO ONE stations who partnered with us in ATLANTA,
BALTIMORE, CHARLOTTE, CLEVELAND, COLUMBUS, DALLAS, DETROIT, HOUSTON,
INDIANAPOLIS, PHILADELPHIA, RALEIGH, ST. LOUIS, AND WASHINGTON, D.C. You
can find the audio files for all of these interviews here .
Last but not least, there were many programs and interviews captured on film of this year’s HistoryMakers and schools talking about the importance of the program. These include AMERICAN BLACK JOURNAL , SUN SENTINEL , WCTV , TIME WARNER CABLE , and KCRA
. NEWS ONE had two panels supporting the Back to School program, one with lawyer A. SCOTT BOLDEN  and another with HistoryMakers Board of Directors Chair TONI COOK BUSH . Lastly, our Chicago programs were well represented on TV, with coverage on WGN , FOX 32 , ABC 7 . TO ACCESS ANY OF THESE VIDEOS, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK AND ENTER THE PASSWORD: BTS2015.
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