The ABC Television Network is celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture with a two-hour program of music, dance and the spoken word, “Taking the Stage — Changing America.”
The production will be filmed Sept. 23 to air on ABC stations nationwide during the 2016-2017 season.
“World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe will come together for the program at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,” the network said in its announcement. “Designed to explore and celebrate African American contributions to the global landscape, the program will feature new film footage of iconic items from the museum’s collections — items ranging from a plane used to train the famed Tuskegee airmen for World War II combat duty to a bible owned by Nat Turner.”
Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in the announcement: “ABC is thrilled to celebrate the opening of this important new addition to the Smithsonian Institution and to help share the story of the struggles, contributions, and triumphs of African Americans throughout the history of our country.”
The production will include music, dance and dramatic readings by stage and screen actors. The project is executive produced by Don Mischer and Quincy Jones, along with Don Mischer Productions’ Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare.