Chicago-based multimedia mega-company, Central City Productions, premiered its inaugural installment of the brand-new television series, Black History Honors.
Presented by The Procter & Gamble Company, the Black History Honors is a four-part docuseries, honoring heroes of the Underground Railroad – Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, Sojourner Truth, Jermain Wesley Loguen, John Parker, Margaret Garner, Robert Smalls, William Still, John and Jean Rankin – featuring musical tributes by award-winning gospel music artists – Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, JJ Hairston, Kelontae Gavin, Doe, Mali Music, Tasha Page Lockhart, Brian Courtney Wilson, Zacardi Cortez, Brandon Camphor and One Way. The Black History Honors will air in broadcast syndication February 4th through March 5th, 2023. For a complete listing of air dates and showtimes, click here.
The premiere event was hosted by the President of the National Urban League, Marc Morial, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio – the regal evening of celebration was attended by local and industry VIPs, including Procter and Gamble Chief Brand Officer, Marc Pritchard, with a musical selection by the University of Cincinnati’s African American Cultural & Resource Center choir.
Don Jackson, the founder of Central City Productions, previously shared: “The unique perspective of our Black History Honors series celebrates the lives and legacies of the Underground Railroad freedom activists. As well, in this post-Covid season, where African American Museums are struggling to maintain and increase attendance, our series underscores the fact that Black History and Black Museums Matter”.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a beacon of light for inclusive freedom around the globe. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is the preeminent cultural learning center for inclusive freedom — locally, nationally, and globally. The museum’s mission is to pursue inclusive freedom by promoting social justice for all, building on the principles of the Underground Railroad. Visit freedomcenter.org for more information.
The Black History Honors was presented by Procter and Gamble with additional sponsorship from Walmart, Verizon, and Chevrolet. The series will air in broadcast syndication from February 4th through March 5th, 2023.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.
About Central City Productions (CCP)
Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a national broadcast television producer and syndicator of its exclusively owned African American programming. Celebrating 52 years of broadcasting Black excellence with uplifting and entertaining original television content, CCP’s award-winning television programs include the the Stellar Gospel Music Awards (www.stellarawards.com), Black Music Honors (www.blackmusichonors.com), Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, Black College Quiz Show Series (www.blackcollegequiz.com), America’s Black Forum (www.americasblackforum.com), Mentoring Queens (www.mentoringqueen.com) and Mentoring Kings (www.mentoringking.com), among many others. For more information, visit www.stellartv.com.
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Stellar TV/Black History Honors.