ETV Airs 25th Annual Black History Teleconference on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.
Teleconference Takes Place on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2012
Columbia, SC… The 25th annual Black History Teleconference will be held on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. The special features five high school students and one Benedict student who direct questions to six prominent African Americans about their ideas, challenges, and achievements in relation to the national theme from the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History in Washington, D. C.
The program airs on ETV Sunday, Feb.19 at 5 p.m. It will also be offered to school districts, colleges, universities, and public television stations nationwide, and to 117 countries. The program is also available on-demand WORLDWIDE via the Internet beginning February 24.
Scheduled panelists include:
- Mrs. Leona Barr-Davenport - Director, Atlanta Business League, Inc.
- Dr. Keith Gilyard, Ph.D. - National President, National Council of Teachers of English
- Mrs. Stephanie Vaughn King, J.D. - Former Chief Attorney for the city of Philadelphia
- Dr. Earnestine Green McNealey, Ph.D. - Noted Researcher, Writer and Artist
- Mr. Robert L. Reed - Former NFL Lineman & Director, NFL Caring for Kids
- Dr. Grace J. Young, M.D. - Oncologist & Internest in Adult Medicine
High school students participating are from:
- A.C. Flora High School
- C. A. Johnson High School
- Lower Richland High School
- Richland Northeast High School
- W. J. Keenan High School
The program was developed by Executive Producer Dr. Marianna White Davis, special assistant to Dr. David H. Swinton, president of Benedict College. Dr. Davis is an English teacher, lecturer, researcher, and writer. Dr. William "Sonny" Walker of Atlanta, Georgia is the moderator.
Co-sponsoring this year's program are ETV, Benedict College, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Second Calvary Baptist Church of Columbia, The Althea Gibson Tennis Club (Gibson, native of South Carolina, was an international professional tennis Star).
South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.