NICKELODEON COMMEMORATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH BRAND-NEW "NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE" SPECIAL AND SPECIALLY CREATED PROMO SPOTS HONORING CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN TRAILBLAZERS
NEW YORK - Jan. 30, 2014 - Nickelodeon, in honor of Black History month, will present a brand-new Nick News with Linda Ellerbee titled "Black, White, and Brown V. Board of Education: A Return to Segregated Schools?" on Feb. 11, at 8p.m. (ET/PT) and will roll out four new television spots featuring real kids talking about inspirational, contemporary African Americans who have broken barriers in their respective fields.
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee will revisit the Brown vs. The Board of Education decision with "Black, White, and Brown V. Board of Education: A Return to Segregated Schools?". The half-hour special will focus on the landmark decision to abolish a system of segregation in public schools. The episode will also delve into current issues of inequality within the nation's public school system, highlighting the stories of two kids who have been affected by, what many perceive as, unequal access to a high quality education.
Throughout the month of February, Nickelodeon will spotlight contemporary African Americans who have made an impact, including: Mae Carol Jemison, a physician and NASA astronaut who became the first African-American woman to travel to space; Cullen Jones, the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay; Quvenzhane Wallis, the first African-American child actor to be nominated for an Academy Award(R) for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild; and Edward T. Welburn, Jr., vice president of Global Design for General Motors Corporation, who became the sixth lead designer in the company's history and the first African American to be appointed to that position.
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 1, kids can log onto www.nick.com/thanks to view the Black History month spots and get more information on Mae Carol Jemison, Cullen Jones, Quvenzhane Wallis and Edward T. Welburn, Jr.
Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 23rd year and is the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its 10th Emmy Award for Forgotten But Not Gone: What You Still Need to Know about AIDS and You in the category of Outstanding Children's Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children's programming include: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics, The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War - the first-ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.
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