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HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African-American video and oral history archive, is once again in New York City, gathering more material for its vast repository of history and culture. With Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spearheading the current initiative, HistoryMakers has set a goal of 400 Black leaders going “back to school” in 67 cities and 30 states.

This massive mission begins Friday, Sept. 25, with former WCBS-TV anchor Roz Abrams again behind the mic and in front of the camera, jazz trombonist Dick Griffin, television producer and journalism professor June Cross and lawyer and diversity activist Kenneth Standard. They will be joined by hundreds of others in the launch of sixth annual Back to School with HistoryMakers.

“I’m a HistoryMaker,” declared Abrams, a regional coordinator and who went “back to school” at Queens Gateway to Health High School in Queens last year. “And one of the things that they insist upon is that we go out into the community for our Back to School program and reach out to the kids.” She has reached out and so have many others. The growing number of people who have been interviewed by HistoryMakers—more than 2,700 thus far with a goal of 5,000—is sure to be appreciably expanded this year, with such notables as television and stage producer Vy Higginsen at Vanguard High School, media executive Clayton Banks at P.S. 273 at Wortman School and former Essence magazine editor Marcia Ann Gillespie at Ebbetts Field Middle School.

For more information and the full list of schools, visit the HistoryMakers website at www.thehistorymakers.com.