During this year’s back-to-school season, dozens of Black-American leaders will visit classrooms across the city.

HistoryMakers, an African-American oral history archive, is providing a yearlong program to educate youth about Black history.

City classrooms will be introduced to the first African-American female journalist to join WABC-TV news, Roslyn “Roz” Abrams, jazz trombonist Dick Griffin, lawyer and diversity activist Kenneth Standard, speechwriter and presidential appointee, J. Terry Edmonds, a press release said.

Founder and Executive Director of HistoryMakers Julieanna Richardson said it is important for students of color to share pride in their culture.

“Our communities have become increasingly disconnected and more separated around socioeconomic lines,” Richardson said. “It’s different than when I grew up. Everybody went to the same church [and] lived in the same communities.”

Richardson added, “People need to see [others] who are successful and accomplishing things with their lives. It’s a way to lift up the race.”

The city’s public and charter schools will receive a donation of online digital archives, student and teacher training and contests and awards that commemorate the work of youth.

“It [the digital archive] will contain over 9,000 hours of testimony,” Richardson said. “It’s being used in schools. Some to teach vocabulary and context, some to teach about role models and others to teach primary source material in [the] curriculum.”

Past events held in Washington D.C. and Chicago included President Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, and South Side hip-hop artist Common, respectively.

On Sept. 30 the launch of the seventh annual HistoryMakers program kicked-off at Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, a school largely for students of color.

Nonprofit executive Dennis Terry and vice president, general counsel and secretary for the New York Public Library, Michele Coleman Mayes, shared stories of success and challenges within the workforce.

“They talk to the kids about their own journeys,” Richardson said. “We ask that the teachers prepare them before the HistoryMakers come [into the classroom].”

Richardson continued, “The day is designed to get people to commit to their education.”

The HistoryMakers designated the Library of Congress to serve as a repository for its collection of more than 20,000 hours of first-person testimony for the archive.

“We want to get our digital archive in every school around the United States,” Richardson said. “So little still is known [about Black history] … this is a very important time when our nation is fraught with a lot of division and violence.”

Richardson added, “This is a chance to bring the community together.”

Building a collection of more than 5,000 interviews is not an easy task. The program has interviewed more than 2,700 HistoryMakers over the past 17 years.

A single HistoryMakers interview can cost up to $10,000 for production, encoding, digitizing and staff fees.

“You don’t build a collection like this without a lot of heavy lifting,” Richardson said. “It hasn’t been an easy walk, but we are here.”

This fall, 400 HistoryMakers will visit 51 cities and 28 states across the U.S.