America's Black Metropolis selected by DI Fund!

Exciting news! PBS has selected our series, America's Black Metropolis (ABM), for additional review for funding from the Diversity Innovation Fund. More than 200 programs were submitted; only 16 remain.

Now, I need your help. PBS will be using public comment to help determine which project(s) recieve funding. Your note of support can help make all the difference for ABM. DIFundSubmission@pbs.org

Just as my last doc, DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis, unveiled the tremendous contributions of African Americans in building that great city, ABM will tell the Black community’s stories in 10 great American cities. With so much misunderstanding and polarization dividing the nation, we believe it is more important than ever to accurately portray this slice of history.

America's Black Metropolis offers each featured city an opportunity to tell its story through the use of the oral tradition of griots, illustrations, photographs/archival film, re-enactments and music. The soul and energy of each metropolis will be shaped by the collective memory of the African-American community who helped build it.


We're asking everyone to offer support for America's Black Metropolis. Please send a message to PBS.
DIFundSubmission@pbs.org


Thanks for your help and support!

All the best,
BA

To see all Diversity Fund Initiative semi-finalists: http://www.pbs.org/difund/

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Comment by Barbara E. Allen on December 8, 2010 at 4:43pm
Good question Mark.

The important contributions of African-Americans in shaping the culture and history of our cities are often overlooked and under-appreciated, America's Black Metropolis (ABM) will explore this history.

ABM features ten American urban centers and offers each featured city an opportunity to tell its story through the use of the oral tradition of griots, illustrations, photographs/archival film, re-enactments and music. The soul and energy of each metropolis will be shaped by the collective memory of the African-American community who helped build it.

Hope that helps.
Comment by Mark Barroso on December 8, 2010 at 10:46am
Hi:
I would love to support you, but knowing very little about your project, I'm trying to figure out how to write something sincere and intelligent (no wisecracks, you 2010ers). It sounds like a great project, however, and would like to help any way possible. I just need more guidance.
Comment by Barbara E. Allen on December 8, 2010 at 2:11am
@Julie I don't know how long the comment period is open, but thanks to the Workshoppers who write in. A special thanks to Judith for sending a note out to everyone
Comment by Beverly Penninger on December 7, 2010 at 4:24pm
Just sent a note of support. Keep us posted and good luck!
Comment by Julie Englander on December 7, 2010 at 9:23am
BA--how long is the comment period open?
Fingers crossed!
Julie
Comment by Tracy Heather Strain on December 5, 2010 at 10:02pm
Yes, please support this project. Several Workshoppers are involved!

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