*Guess who’s getting down and gettin’ funky wit’ it and dropping a nod to Black History Month at the same time?

If not for the headline, we bet you wouldn’t have guessed Scottish funny man Craig Ferguson. On February 1st his CBS program, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” welcomes author, speaker and educator Dr. Cornel West and musician George Clinton to put the focus the achievement of African Americans

Even though Ferguson is a comic and his show is known for its lightheartedness, the tone of this Black History Month edition looks to be serious stuff. In fact, during the opening of the advance taping, Ferguson said:

“Dr. Cornel West wrote and I quote, ‘Black people have never had the luxury to believe in the innocence of America.  Although we have experienced the worst of America, we still believe that the best of America can emerge.  Now, how can I as an American, not want the best of America to emerge?'” Ferguson continued, “What we will have tonight, I hope, is an honest discussion with an eminent and respected black American; an academic, a very clever gentleman, maybe the smartest person we have ever booked.  Which, I have to say, intimidates me a little bit.”

Following the interview segments with Dr. West, funk master George Clinton will perform “One Nation Under A Groove” and then will join Dr. West and Ferguson for the close of the show.

“The Late late Show with Craig Ferguson” regularly airs weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) following broadcasts of the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS.

On the web: www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/