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That They Lived: African Americans That Changed The World
February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This is the Introduction to the Series of Black History Programs, by Theodora S. Lacey, Chair, MLK Birthday Observance Committee. Author Rochelle Riley discusses her book That They Lived, which revisits historical figures and reveals what their childhood was like before they became part of our Black History. Presented by award-winning journalist and author, Rochelle Riley. Moderated by Randall Pinkston.
Rochelle Riley ended a nearly 20-year career as a nationally syndicated, award-winning Detroit columnist in 2019 to become the city’s Director of Arts and Culture. In that role, she guides the city’s investment in the arts and creates opportunities for transformative innovation. Her most recent project was the nation’s first city-wide memorial to victims of Covid-19: 15 funeral processions that circled the city’s Belle Isle past 907 photo billboards of victims. The author, essayist and arts advocate travels the country hosting conversations about the burden that America still bears by refusing to deal with the aftermath of American enslavement. She was just appointed to co-chair Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Black Leadership Advisory Council. She makes frequent television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio, WDIV-Local 4 and “Let It Rip,” with Huel Perkins on Fox2 Detroit. She worked previously at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, The Dallas Morning News and The Washington Post. She received the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists “for her outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve” and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
She was a 2016 inductee into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and a 2019 inductee into the N.C. Media and Journalism Hall of Fame. And she is a co-founder of Letters to Black Girls, an initiative to give letters of advice and encouragement from women across the country to girls across the country. Rochelle lives near the banks of the Detroit River with her 16-year-old dog, Desi Arnaz.
Randall Pinkston was a CBS News correspondent for more than 30 years, including two years covering the White House. Among his many awards are three Emmys, including one for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame about migrant farm workers in the USA. He has covered the front lines of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His final report for CBS profiled the civil rights activist Medgar Evers. In 2013, Pinkston joined Al Jazeera America as a contributor. He has been honored by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Council of Churches of the City of New York and the Scripps-Howard Foundation for a series on mentally ill and physically handicapped people. He began his broadcast career at a TV station in Mississippi, where he was raised.
This is part of the Series of Black History Month Programs, presented in partnership by the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Committee and the Teaneck Public Library.