“America sat at a critically necessary crossroads the place racist ideology was on the rise and documentation and preservation of twentieth century African American life, historical past and tradition risked being misplaced eternally if motion was not taken,” mentioned Richardson. She famous that many key public figures had been passing away with out having their tales documented and preserved for the advantage of succeeding generations. Thus, The HistoryMakers was born.
The group consists of a number of sections similar to Drugs, Politics, Enterprise, Legislation, Science, Theater and Leisure. RogerEbert.com writer Chaz Ebert serves as a co-chair of the EntertainmentMakers Advisory Committee together with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the previous President (and first African-American to carry that workplace) of the Oscars group, AMPAS (Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences). With training as its mission, The HistoryMakers’ one-of-a-kind assortment is housed completely on the Library of Congress and supplies an unprecedented and irreplaceable bodily and on-line document of African American lives, accomplishments, and contributions by way of distinctive first-person testimony.
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Tune into “60 Minutes” at 6pm CT on CBS this Sunday, February nineteenth, to view its phase on The HistoryMakers. For extra data on the group, go to The HistoryMakers’ official site.