ABC 7 Chicago celebrates Black History Month


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 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm. This edition of HEART & SOUL co-hosted by ABC 7's Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose, with contributions from Evelyn Holmes, Karen Jordan, Hosea Sanders and Charles Thomas will have an encore presentation on Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 pm. HEART & SOUL, a Chicago Emmy Award winning program, is produced by Rubye Wilson and Holly Grisham. ABC 7 News and Windy City LIVE will also feature special Black History Month stories.

Beginning February1st, and throughout Black History Month, ABC 7 will air a series of vignettes highlighting artistic/ cultural organizations and people in Chicago such as Gallery Guichard, an art gallery nestled in Bronzeville featuring the work of local and international artists; Red Clay Dance Company, a contemporary dance company that explores the art of dance from the African Diaspora; and a spotlight on John H. White, a noted Pulitzer winning photojournalist who has traveled the globe with his camera. ABC 7 Eyewitness News anchors/reporters– Cheryl Burton, Evelyn Holmes, Leah Hope, Karen Jordan, Hosea Sanders, and Windy City LIVE's Val Warner--will host the vignettes.
Windy City LIVE with hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, will feature Val Warner in a special interview with ABC's Robin Roberts in February at 11 am. The date is tba.

Windy City LIVE airs weekdays at 11:00 am and 12:05 am, and on Saturdays at 11:00 PM.

During ABC 7's celebration of Black History Month, HEART & SOUL will shine the spotlight on Chicago Blackhawk, Johnny Oduya, the only player on the team of African descent. Jim Rose talks to Johnny about playing defense in the NHL, his mother's influence on his hockey career in Sweden and how he is serving as an inspiration for inner city kids.

Then on February 2 at 2:00 pm, ABC 7Chicago will air Lessons of Hayti. This award-winning documentary details the dramatic rise and fall of Black economic power in American and the historic Black business Mecca called Hayti. The documentary highlights a unique history of Black self-empowerment that began shortly after the Civil War.

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