NBC 5 is celebrating Black History Month with a series of special reports that will air weekly on NBC 5 News at 5PM.   The theme of the month long series is “Shaping a News Generation”.   Each week will feature outstanding individuals who are making a difference in the arts, health, history, and the community along with history makers of our recent past.

Additionally, for the third year, NBC will air special vignettes highlighting history makers who are changing Chicago through the work they are doing today. This year’s vignettes will feature  Regina Taylor, artistic director at the Goodman Theatre; Tyronne Stoudemire, Principal in the Diversity and Inclusion practice of Mercer Consulting; Xavier Ramey, Director of Development and Marketing, Young Men’s Educational Network and Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. The vignettes will air on NBC 5 Chicago and COZI TV (Digital Channel 5.2).

Shows airing in the “Shaping a New Generation” series on NBC5’s 5P News, Fridays during February are:

 2/8/13  –  “Shorefront”   

Lee Ann Trotter reports on 150 years of Black History on the North Shore.  From a basement  file cabinet to  artifacts, documentaries, photographs and a travelling exhibit, Dino Robinson captures life of African Americans on the North shore , and the historical significance of Black communities just a few miles on the northern shores of Lake Michigan.  A youth based programs “Legacy Keepers” strives to inspire youth in treasuring their personal, local, national and global history.

2/15/13 – “Lt. Colonel James C. Warren”

Christian Farr reports on an American hero. Turning adversity into opportunity, Lt. Col. Warren was driven to excel.  The New Trier H.S. graduate fought battles on the home front and in the air.   One of the original Tuskegee airmen and pilot during the Korean war, Warren  shares his  trials, tribulations and triumphs while continuing to groom a new generation of pilots. 

2/22/13  –  “IMPACT Family Center”

Stefan Holt reports on an inspiring story.  Marsha Eaglin is on a mission– to educate, motivate and inspire young people, empowering a next generation to make a difference in their own communities.   This home away from home for young people is located in the heart of one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Roseland.  Teens find comfort  and security at the IMPACT family center where Eaglin offers mentoring, academic, education and career opportunities for    children plagued by violence. Their Motto “Our History is a blessing… directing us to an awesome future.

2/23/13  –  “ Spiritual  Secrets of a Healthy Heart”

Lauren Jiggetts reports on Dr. Kara Davis who is part of a new generation of health professionals combining spirituality and medicine to fight the war on diabetes and heart disease.  Dr. Davis has a special interest in the connection between mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing with physical disease.  She is a firm believer in the importance of health preservation through lifestyle modification, particularly the role of diet and exercise in disease prevention.  She has done research in the area of obesity in African-American women, and in lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes in minority populations.  

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