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The HistoryMakers Honors the Life and Achievements of Eartha Kitt

September 11, 2008

The HistoryMakers will recognize international legend Eartha Kitt on September 20, 2008 with a PBS television special titled, “An Evening with Eartha Kitt” to premier in February of 2009. The interview and performance will be video taped in front of a live audience at Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium in Chicago. The HistoryMakers, a national 501(c) 3 non-profit representing the largest African American archival collection in the world will feature Washington Week’s award-winning correspondent, Gwen Ifill as the interviewer to host a career retrospective and interview. Chicago’s Merri Dee of WGN Television will emcee the program.

“To be recognized as an entertainer honoring one’s craft, is a tribute. To be recognized as a true HistoryMaker is an honor,” shares Eartha Kitt. In addition, Miss Kitt says, “The HistoryMakers’ mission crowns the life of all African Americans.”

A performer in the truest sense of the word, Eartha Kitt’s career has spanned over six decades making her an icon throughout the global entertainment industry. Also, Miss Kitt is a celebrated author and Daytime-Emmy winner. She is leader in civil rights and has also dedicated her efforts in raising over a million dollars to benefit African American schools.

“An Evening With Eartha Kitt” is the 14th program in The HistoryMakers’ PBS-TV series. To date, this series has raised over $7 million in supporting the development of a priceless archive, educational resource and to preserve the rightful place of African Americans within the American lexicon.

“These are stories of determination, success against all odds and the true voices of inspiration,” says founder and executive director Julieanna Richardson. “The purpose of this archive is to educate; and show the breadth and depth of this important American history as told in first person.”

Generous support to-date for this event has been received by McDonalds, Discover Financial Services, The Coca-Cola Company, Aon, Best Portion Foundation, Allstate, Verizon, Walgreens, ITW, American Airlines, The Chicago Tribune, Sprint and the Palmer House Hilton among others.