The 2017 Savannah Black Heritage Festival will bring Julieanna Richardson to present the annual W.W. Law lecture.
Richardson, founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, will speak on February 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. The HistoryMakers is committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans.
The project has compiled the nation’s largest African-American video oral history collection, and is currently housed in the Library of Congress. The HistoryMakers represents the single largest archival project of its kind since the Works Progress Administration’s initiative to document the experiences of former slaves in the 1930s.
A Harvard-educated lawyer and TV producer, Richardson launched The HistoryMakers, a nonprofit research and educational institution, in July 1999 with the goal of creating an archival collection of 5,000 video oral histories. She and her production team have traveled to more than 380 U.S. cities and towns, Norway and Mexico recording America’s missing stories. www.thehistorymakers.com
“Focused on the Future; Acknowledging Echoes from the Past” is the central theme of the 2017 Savannah Black Heritage Festival scheduled for February 1 – 26, 2017. The 2017 festival will be the 18th one produced by Savannah State University and the 28th sponsored by the City of Savannah. All festival events and activities are free of admission and open to the public. For more information, call (912) 358- 4309, or visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com for updates.