Public historian Julieanna L. Richardson, the founder and executive director of “The HistoryMakers,” will deliver the keynote address at the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College Jan. 17.
Tickets are still available for this often sold-out event, which includes awards to local residents and civic leaders who best emulate the spirit of Dr. King. New this year is a 30-year retrospective video with footage from some of the breakfast’s keynote speeches. Those appearing in the video include the late Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. King; U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and former Congressman Ronald V. Dellums.
Richardson has a diverse background in theater, law, television production and the cable television industries. She worked as a corporate lawyer in Chicago, where she represented artists on a pro bono basis. In 1982, Richardson was hired as the assistant cable administrator for the City of Chicago Office of Cable Communications and earned promotion to cable administrator in 1983. In that role, she established the Chicago Cable Commission, the city’s regulatory body. She also founded Shop Chicago, a regional home shopping channel.
For eight years, her production company SCTN Teleproductions managed three local cable channels for TCI, then the nation’s largest cable operator. Richardson launched “The HistoryMakers” (www.thehistorymakers.com) to interview well known and unsung African American leaders for a unique videotape and online historical archive. To date, the organization has compiled 8,000 hours of testimony.
Currently, Richardson serves on the board of directors of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, “The HistoryMakers” and the Henry Hampton Collection at Washington University.
“Some people write history, some people make history. Our keynote speakers has done both and it is fitting that on our 30th anniversary we will have a historian to put in perspective the Civil Rights Movement that created Dr. King,” said event chairman Carl O. Snowden.
Doors open for the event at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast served at 8 a.m. in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium on the AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table for 10. They are limited and sold on a first-come basis. RSVP by Jan. 10, 2011. For tickets or information, call Dianne Williams at 410-222-5354 or Darlene Robinson at 433-481-1961.