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ABC 7 celebrates Black History Month 2012

February 24, 2012 2:06:33 PM PST
ABC 7 Chicago celebrates Black History Month with special news reports, programming and vignettes during the month of February.

ABC7's Black History Month Coverage

An original presentation of HEART & SOUL, an ABC 7 series that taps into the essence of Chicago's African American community, will air Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 pm. This edition of HEART & SOUL co-hosted by ABC 7's Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose, will have an encore presentation on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm. HEART & SOUL, a Chicago Emmy Award winning program, is produced by Rubye Wilson.

HEART & Soul turns up the spotlight on a Chicago native who is making a mark in acting and theatre, J. Nicole Brooks. Brooks, a graduate of Curie High School, is directing the critically acclaimed and engaging production; "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the story of the meeting where Jackie Robinson learns he's going to get the chance to play in the Major Leagues, currently playing at the Lookingglass Theatre. Brooks talks about her involvement in theatre, even during her high school years in Chicago, and explains how she turned her passion into a dream fulfilled. In another segment, Heart & Soul features Jackie Lomax, the executive director of "Girls 4 Science." Inspired by her daughter, Lomax's non-profit organization introduces girls to the exciting fields of science and technology. Next, Heart & Soul features a member of the Young Chicago Authors, Lamar Jordan, who was featured in the documentary, "Louder than a Bomb." Jordan, who hails from the Austin neighborhood, hosts a monthly poetry "slam" where students from all over Chicago come to express themselves. Finally, the program looks at Artists & Brands, the company that gives local musical talent the opportunity to be the voice of major corporations.

Beginning February 1st and throughout Black History Month, ABC 7 will air a series of vignettes highlighting cultural organizations making a profound impact on youth, education and the arts in Chicago. ABC 7's on air anchors/reporters will host the vignettes ? Cheryl Burton, Hosea Sanders, Karen, Jordan, Leah Hope and Evelyn Holmes.

Beginning February 1st and throughout Black History Month, ABC 7 will air a series of vignettes highlighting cultural organizations making a profound impact on youth, education and the arts in Chicago. ABC 7's on air anchors/reporters will host the vignettes ? Cheryl Burton, Hosea Sanders, Karen, Jordan, Leah Hope and Evelyn Holmes.

Additional programs featured on ABC 7 Chicago during Black History Month include:

MLK: THE MAKING OF A HOLIDAY--Sunday, February 5/ 3:30-4:30 pm--Is an inspiring program highlighting the key moments and accomplishments in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the popular movement establishing a national holiday in his honor. The program is hosted by award-winning actor LeVar Burton and features key leaders including the late Coretta King and Ted Kennedy, as well as legendary musical artist Stevie Wonder. Exclusive footage of the unveiling of the King Memorial in Washington, DC and interviews with current music artists about King's legacy will also be featured.

AFRICAN AMERICAN SHORT FILMS--Saturday, February 18/ 12:30-1:30 pm--Short films made by African Americans that range from comedy to drama and all the shades in between that are entertaining and socially relevant. The films are the voices and messages of contemporary life in the African American Community.


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