WDCW-TV Celebrates Black History Month with Living Black History – Specials, Vignettes to air throughout February
WDCW-TV/DC50, the Tribune owned CW affiliate in Washington, D.C. celebrates Black History all month long with a series of specials, including award-winning locally produced features, on-air vignettes, on-air snipes and a dedicated webpage on DC50tv.com. Every Sunday in February, beginning February 5th, DC50 will air a feature program honoring Black History, including specials on Howard Theatre, actress Hattie McDaniels and the contributions of African-Americans to the construction of the nation’s capital, all produced locally by the DC50 staff. Throughout the month, DC50 will air daily, exclusive vignettes and snipes from Washington notables.
“We are extremely proud that DC50’s annual ‘Living Black History’ commitment continues to grow and flourish,” said WDCW-TV Vice President & General Manager Ashley Messina. “Throughout every day in February, our viewers will see ‘Living Black History’ vignettes featuring everyone from local children to Oscar winners Mo’Nique and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Our half-hour local special this year, ‘The Dream Began’ chronicles the very significant early financial and cultural contributions the African American community brought to the city of Washington, DC. ‘Living Black History’ is a celebration for our entire audience.”
FEATURE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (all times ET)
Sun 2/5 5-5:30pm Howard Theatre: A Century in Song
Sun 2/12 1-3pm 27th Stellar Gospel Music Awards
Sun 2/12 3-3:30pm The Dream Began Here
Sun 2/19 1-3pm Know Your Heritage: Black College Quiz
Sun 2/19 3-3:30pm Hattie’s Lost Legacy
Sun 2/26 1-2pm The Color of Change
Sun 2/26 3-3:30pm The Dream Began Here
Howard Theatre: A Century in Song
Air date: Sun 2/5 at 5pm
Howard Theatre: A Century in Song is a locally produced special chronicling the rich history of Washington, DC’s famed Howard Theatre which launched the careers of legendary musical artists, Duke Ellington, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack and many others. Featured are local historians, entertainers and vintage footage and photographs of this historic landmark. The Theatre, closed for nearly 35 years and in a state of decline, is in the midst a major renovation leading up to a grand re-opening and Howard Theatre: A Century in Song looks ahead as the theatre undergoes its restoration. Hosted by DC50’s Robin Hamilton, Howard Theatre: A Century in Song was awarded the prestigious “Salute to Excellence Award” by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2011, and was a featured presentation at the Congressional Black Caucus meetings.
27th Annual Stellar Awards
Air date: Sun 2/12 from 1-3pm
The 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show is the longest running awards & television event in all of Gospel music. Award-winning artists come together with their unique musical talents to deliver an uplifting night of praise and inspiration. Live performances held at the Grand Ole Opry are the hallmark of this two-hour celebration, filled with joy, praise, and tribute. Featured hosts include SINBAD, Dorinda Clark Cole & Donnie McClurkin.
The Dream Began Here
Air dates: Sun 2/12 at 3pm and Sun 2/26 at 3pm
From the first African-Americans to pioneer the Civil Rights Movement, to our first African-American President, The Dream Began Here explores the evolving roles African Americans had within the White House, the city of Washington, D.C., and our surrounding areas. The Dream Began Here is DC50’s newest locally produced special and highlights the major contributions of African Americans in the early days of building our nation’s capital. The 30-minute program is hosted by DC50’s Robin Hamilton, the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) “Salute to Excellence” Award.
Know Your Heritage: Black College Quiz
Air date: Sun 2/19 from 1-3pm
Historic Black College & University (HBCU) students from around the country compete in this quiz-style program as they showcase their knowledge of African-American history. Hosted by Gregory Alan Williams (Remember the Titans), with scholarships awarded to the participating teams.
Hattie’s Lost Legacy
Air date: Sun 2/19 at 3pm
Hattie’s Lost Legacy traces the career of the first African American Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel (best supporting actress, 1939, “Gone with the Wind”) and the many challenges she encountered along the way. Upon her death in 1952, she left her historic Oscar to Howard University as a “beacon of hope and inspiration” to Howard University in Washington, DC. In the late 1960’s, amongst political upheaval in the nation’s capital, the Oscar was lost, misplaced, stolen or possibly thrown in the Potomac River. Hattie’s Lost Legacy traces McDaniel’s storied career, her Oscar win, and the eventual disappearance of her Academy Award. Hosted by DC50’s Robin Hamilton with special guests 2010 Oscar winner Mo’Nique and Los Angeles Times film historian and critic Tom O’Neil.
The Color of Change
Air date: Sun 2/26 from 1-2pm
Former Negro League player and manager Buck O’Niel, along with Bryan Burwell (HBO’s Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel and Inside the NFL) recount the trials and tribulations of the Negro League baseball league built by racism and its ultimate demise. Special features interviews with Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith.
- DC50’s “2012: Living Black History” will include exclusive vignettes about the history that goes beyond McDaniel and the Howard Theatre. Local DC natives, including Oscar winners Mo’Nique and Cuba Gooding, Jr. will recall their days of growing up in the Washington, DC community.
- Snipes containing Black History factoids will run throughout the month of February across all DC50 programming.
- DC50tv.com will dedicate a webpage to the 2012 Living Black History programs and vignettes