T'Keyah Crystal Kemah

*CHICAGO – On Friday, September 23, 2011 as students across the country begin the new school year, over fifteen Los Angeles-area HistoryMakers will join more than 500 African American HistoryMakers nation-wide for the 2nd Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program. They include author and screenwriter Antwone Fisher, actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, vocalist Florence LaRue, record executive Steve McKeever, as well as music director and conductor Benjamin Wright.

(Scroll down to see the grid for full listing of participating HistoryMakers and schools in the Los Angeles-area.)

The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is launching the 2nd Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program deploying living African American HistoryMakers into schools in thirty-five states across the country to recount their own school experiences and the struggles they encountered and most importantly, to commit to excellence and finishing their education. The theme of the day is COMMIT.  

The 2nd Annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers participants include Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, former Ambassador Andrew Young, hip-hop artist/actor/author Common, singer/actress Melba Moore, Broadway choreographer George Faison, poet Nikki Giovanni, actress Marla Gibbs (227, The Jeffersons), Ambassador Carol Mosely-Braun, actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (Living Color, The Cosby Show) and poet/author Sonia Sanchez

The HistoryMakers’ Founder and Executive Director, Julieanna Richardson, says she launched the Back-to-School With The HistoryMakers initiative to respond to President Obama’s call for public service in a real and meaningful way by helping youth recognize that there are alternatives to violence and the challenges they confront

“By bringing these living legends into the schools,” said Ms. Richardson, “we raise awareness about the achievements of the accomplished African Americans in local communities and bring these leaders into schools to see things firsthand.”

Richardson is encouraging educators across the country to use multimedia resources such as The HistoryMakers’ digital archive to enrich their students’ exposure to the contributions of African Americans in every community.

The HistoryMakers is a 501 (3) © non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans.  To date, the organization has interviewed over 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews (30,000 hours) for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digital archive, and priceless educational resource.  For more information, visit The HistoryMakers website at www.thehistorymakers.com and The HistoryMakers digital archive at http://www.idvl.org/thehistorymakers/. For a brief introduction to The HistoryMakers, view YouTube clip here.

HistoryMaker

School

Antwone Fisher

King Drew High School*

T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh

TBD

Florence LaRue

TBD

Steve McKeever

TBD

Benjamin Wright

TBD

Lucius P. Gregg

Wendell Phillips High School

Aki Leonard Gonzales Aleong

San Fernando High School*

(Saundra) Pearl Sharp

TBD

Bernard Kinsey

TBD

Floyd Norman

TBD

George McKenna

TBD

Hidle Brown Barnum

TBD

Leo Branton

TBD

Linda Marie Allen

TBD

Paul McDonald

TBD

Reginald Webb

TBD

Ronald H. Brewington

TBD

Synthia Saint James

TBD

Tanya-Monique Kersey

TBD

* = To Be Determined