October 5, 2008: HistoryMakers/100 Black Men

October 6, 2008 10:34:15 AM PDT
Julieanna Richardson founded The HistoryMakers in 1999, which over eight years has quickly grown into a vibrant national initiative. The goal ofThe HistoryMakers is to create a unique, one-of-a-kind national video archive of 7,000 first person narratives of African American HistoryMakers, both well known and unsung. This would represent the single largest archival project of its kind since the recording of former slaves during the WPA period of the 1930s. The purpose of this archive is to educate and to show the breadth and depth of this important American history as told by the first person; to highlight the accomplishments of individual African Americans across a variety of disciplines; to showcase those who have played a role in African American led movements and/or organizations; and to preserve this material for years and generations to come, creating a priceless collection. The HistoryMakers website can be found at www.thehistorymakers.com. The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., will host its 6th Annual College Scholarship Fair on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at The Forum, the newly opened event venue at the University of Illinois Chicago. Up to 6,000 students are expected to attend the event and meet with the more than 150 colleges and universities exhibiting. College admissions will be granted on site and this year's goal is to award over 1,500 scholarships. Past 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., College Scholarship Fairs achieved stunning success with the awarding of over $10 million in educational funding. To learn more about 100 Black Men of Chicago visit www.100bmc.org."