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Black History Month: Elijah McCoy

by on Feb.21, 2010, under Black History Month Project

FOX21 News Highlights Black History month today with a look at Elija McCoy.  In the early 1900′s McCoy rose to heroic status in the African-American community by holding more patents than any other black inventor up to that time.  We have McCoy to thank for things like the lawn sprinkler and the folding ironing board, but most of his work related to steam-engines.  One of his invetions in this field became very popular and widely copied, but many railroad engineers knew quality when they saw it, and insisted their engines be fitted with “the real McCoy.”  For more on Black History month visit our website www.coloradoconnection.com.
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Black History Month: Bessie Coleman

by on Feb.20, 2010, under Black History Month Project, Fox 21, Work Stuff

Bessie Coleman, or “Queen Bess” as she was popularly known, was the tenth of thirteen children born to sharecroppers George and Susan Coleman.
As a child, she vowed to one day “amount to something.”  And amount to something she did, as she, through hard work and overwhelming obstacles, became the first person of African American decent to become a licensed airplane pilot… and the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license!
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Black History Month: Dr. Charles Drew

by on Feb.16, 2010, under Black History Month Project, Fox 21

Charles Richard Drew (3 June 1904 1 April 1950) was an African American physician and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge in developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II, saving thousands of lives of the Allied forces.

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Black History Month: President of the United States

by on Feb.15, 2010, under Black History Month Project

President’s Day 2010. The historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States of American and 1st African American commander in chief is highlighted in this video. President Barack Obama is 1 year into his presidency at the airing of this highlight.

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Black History Month: TV Firsts

by on Feb.15, 2010, under Black History Month Project

In today’s Black History month highlight, we cover some firsts in Television. Nat King Cole being the first African American television host in 1956 and Oprah Winfrey the first female African American host. Bill Cosby is owed mention for being the first African American star on a syndicated program in “I Spy”

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Black History Month Highlights

by on Feb.10, 2010, under Fox 21, Work Stuff

I have had the opportunity to report on Black History for the Fox affiliate of the southern Colorado region.  I am honored to do it and pretty impressed with my company for allowing this type of news reporting to happen as it doesn’t seem like our competitors are doing anything like it.

What we are doing is providing an approximate thirty second highlight on African Americans in history.  It is slated to air three times each morning during our three hour morning news program.  Today was the first day it has aired and each day one is completed, a copy will be placed on our news website here.  I am interested to hear some feedback about them either on Facebook or you can send me a tweet!

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Black History Month Highlights Pitch

by on Feb.08, 2010, under Black History Month Project

I want to get my station to start doing some highlights of historic and famous black Americans for each February, or Black History month.  Here are a couple of trial videos that I’m trying to sell management for providing such a product to our television audience:

   

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