ABC-TV celebrates Black History Month

February 6, 2008 1:05:36 PM PST
During the month of February we recognize the progress, richness and diversity of African-American achievement throughout history. Commonly known as Black History month, it is the successor to Negro History Week which was initiated on February 12, 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a pre-eminent historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The month of February was also chosen because it included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both whom Woodson believed dramatically impacted the lives of Black Americans. In 1976, Woodson's legacy, now renamed the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, successfully lobbied to extend Black history Week into a month-long observance. Each year a new theme is chosen and in 2008 we honor Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism.

This year, ABC-7 will celebrate Black History Month by focusing on two of the most touching stories ever written about the struggle of an African American family ? A Raisin in the Sun and The Color Purple. Both shows have won Tony Awards for their emotional depictions of the African American experience.

A Raisin in the Sun was twice a Tony Award winning Broadway play, then an Oscar winning film, and is now a star-studded ABC WORLD PREMIERE MOVIE EVENT! A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s. Sean Combs, stars in the highly anticipated, special three-hour television movie adaptation along with Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, and John Stamos. A Raisin in the Sun" will air on Monday, February 25 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), the night after ABC's live telecast of the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

Now in it's third year on Broadway, The Color Purple has become a Broadway classic. Based upon Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the story of a woman who find the strength to triumph over adversity. Set to a joyous score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple is a great story of hope.