Black History Month 2009

March 9, 2009 2:02:25 PM PDT
ABC 7 Chicago celebrates Black History Month with special programming and vignettes during the month of February, including an original presentation of the station's Emmy Award winning series, PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS airing on Saturday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. In this edition, host Harry Porterfield looks at the genesis of Barack Obama's ascent to the presidency from his Chicago roots to his vision for the future. An encore broadcast of the program airs March 7th at 4:30 pm.

Beginning February 1 on ABC 7, a series of vignettes showcasing vibrant African American cultural centers in Chicago will air throughout the month; the Gary Comer Youth Center, Shorefront Legacy, ETA Creative Arts Foundation and UIC African American Cultural Center will be highlighted.

Additional ABC 7 programs featured during Black History Month include:

RAISING THE ROOF, will kick off ABC 7 Chicago's celebration of Black History Month on Sunday, February 15, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A tribute concert to the memory of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. takes viewers on an artistic journey using the power of music and dance as a catalyst for social change. The Boston Children's Chorus, in partnership with the New England Conservatory of Music, perform along with the world renowned Young People's Chorus of New York City.

GOSPEL GREAT PERFORMANCES: Live performances from Rome, TaTa Vega, Youth Edition, Nia, Inger Reid, TheTim Peterson Singers and Panther. It also includes footage of Dr. King and Black History Moments that detail the contributions of historical figures, ranging from Thurgood Marshall to Duke Ellington. The archive History Moments are hosted by Debbie Allen and Clarence Williams III, Gloria Foster and Al Freeman Jr. This special airs Sunday, February 22 from Noon-1:00 p.m.