Parsons To Make History On PBS Special


Time Warner Inc. chairman Richard Parsons will be the subject of PBS-TV celebrity series, The HistoryMakers.

“An Evening With Richard Parsons” will be taped Nov. 15 in front of a live studio audience at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, D.C.   

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien will take Parsons through a discussion of his life and career.  Journalist Juan William will serve as master of ceremonies. The special is slated to air nationally on PBS-TV, beginning in February.

“An Evening with” is the hallmark celebrity interview program and fundraising event of The HistoryMakers, with the Parsons' program the 16th entry.

To date, this series has raised millions in supporting the development of archival, educational resources and preserving the rightful place of African-Americans within the American lexicon.

The previous honorees: Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Eartha Kitt, Dionne Warwick, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, BB King, Della Reese, Russell Simmons, Diahann Carroll, Denyce Graves, Nikki Giovanni, Andrew Young, Colin Powell, and Earl Graves.

“There are few things more important than cataloging our history, sharing our stories, inspiring our youth and paving the way for future successes,” said Parsons. “I’m honored to join so many great history makers and humbled to be considered one of their number. I trust that contributing to The HistoryMakers will help build and protect our vital historical and educational archive.”

Added Julieanna Richardson, founder and executive director, The HistoryMakers: “Richard Parsons is one of the most significant people in today’s business world. His background and his story are remarkable and we are so very pleased that he has agreed to allowus to feature him. We are also delighted that Soledad O’Brien will be doing his interview”

The event sponsors include Toni Cook Bush & Dwight Bush, Sony Pictures Entertainment, RLJ Holdings, Price Waterhouse Coopers, American Airlines and George Washington University, among others.