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Consortium to Award $5,000 Each to 15 HBCUs For Project Competition


Fifteen historically Black colleges and universities will receive a $5,000 grant each as part of a funding program from the National Black Programming Consortium. The grant will be used to create original media projects that explore civil rights issues, American history and local and national leadership. The project also serves to announce the October rebroadcast on PBS of “Eyes on the Prize,” the award-winning 14-hour documentary. The first six hours of the documentary aired in 1987, while the final eight hours didn’t air until 1990.

Funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the project is part of a national outreach campaign aimed at fostering the use of interactive technology and encouraging HBCUs to work with public television stations. According to the consortium, the project also helps to promote a greater understanding of how the legacy of the civil rights movement is still relevant today.

Professors at all HBCUs are eligible to apply, and all projects will be judged by a panel of professional media makers. Judges include filmmaker and producer Linda Goode Bryant, a Spelman College alum; new media expert Eric Easter of The Washington Post, a graduate of Howard University; and Peabody-award winner and documentary filmmaker W. Noland Walker, also from Howard. Award recipients’ work will be due by Nov. 15 and available for viewing on the Internet.

“We feel this project not only helps young people learn more about the voices from the past, but also helps cultivate and encourage future media makers,” says Rhea L. Combs, director of outreach for NBPC.

Diverse staff reports


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