The HistoryMakers’, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of recognized and unsung African Americans, will host its 10th anniversary gala in Chicago on Nov. 20. The event’s theme, “COMMIT: Telling America’s Stories…Celebration Our Future,” will bring over 100 HistoryMakers from around the nation. Special guests Denyce Graves, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Dionne Warwick, Gwen Ifill, Melba Moore and Susan Taylor will also be in attendance.
Among the HistoryMakers slated to attend are civil rights pioneer Amelia Boynton Robinson, 98; Little Rock Nine members Ernie Green and Carlotta Walls Lanier and “The Jazz Lady” Geraldine de Haas.
Since its inception, the organization has interviewed about 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews (30,000 hours of testimony) for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digital archive. This year, The HistoryMakers debuted its test digital archive developed by Carnegie Mellon University in partnership with the University of Illinois, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Columbia University, Drexel University, George Washington University, SUNY Buffalo and Morehouse College. The archive was released this year on a test basis in classrooms worldwide and is accessible at www.idvl.org/thehistorymakers.