NBC4 Southern California celebrates Black History Month every February with special programming to honor the accomplishments of African Americans in the Southland and spotlight many inspiring stories.
Tune in to NBC4 on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. for the award-winning "Life Connected: Celebrating Black History Month" 30-minute special that celebrates individuals that have made an impact in the community.
Hosted by NBC4 News at 4 p.m. Co-Anchors Michael Brownlee and Carolyn Johnson, the special includes several stories including Reporter Beverly White's profile of a surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, and Chief Political Reporter Conan Nolan's conversation with a volunteer at Union Station who first visited Los Angeles via a “colored only” train from Oklahoma in the 1940's.
Today in LA Reporter Toni Guinyard shares the story of one of the first African American Disney animators. We also hear from civil rights activist, philanthropist and L.A. Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, as he tells his story in his own words. Reporter Lolita Lopez profiles the first black captain and soon-to-be battalion chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department, while Reporter John Cadiz Klemack spotlights a young musical prodigy from Upland who is playing a young Michael Jackson in the Broadway hit "Motown the Musical."
The station also supports several nonprofit organizations throughout the year that serve the African American community including the Kingdom Day Parade, Concerned Black Men and Forgiving for Living, to name a few.