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About: Credits

About: Credits


Design, Development and Production

Kevin Crowley
Chris Ege
Anne Gleason
Jenny Macchione
John Ritterbush
Mike Scipioni

Executive Producer

Anne Gleason

Content Producers

Shelley Spencer
Raul Silva


Natalie Battle
Oona Dicker
Catherine Endeley
Monica Orbe

Research Intern

Lindsay Miller

Television Documentary

Produced by

Barbara E. Allen
Daniel Andries

Written by

Gail F. Baker, Ph.D.
Barbara E. Allen
Daniel Andries

Hosted by

Kellita Smith

Music Composed by

Orbert Davis


Tim Boyd


Barbara E. Allen

Associate Producer

Charceana J. Williams

Assistant Producer

Keisha Chavers


Wendi E. Hill
Shelley Spencer


Tom Godar
Dan Rozkuzska

Motion Control Camera

Carlos Tronshaw

Art Director

Linda Fox

Graphic Artist

Margalit Neusner

Field Engineer in Charge

Dave Moyer

Los Angeles Crew


Tommy Maddox


Christian Epps

Productions Assistants

Evan Allen-Gessesse
Brad Bischoff
Felicia E. Davis
Starr Page
Calvin Standifer, Jr.

Additional Production Support

Sara Medlin

Video Effects

Video Replay


Louis Byrd, III

Production Interns

Pattilyn N. Beals
Lauren R. Ellington
Zack Issacs
Lungelo Kuzwayo
Tasha F. Neumeister
Alma Willis

Additional Camera

Mike Prendergast
Tom Siegel

Additional Editor

Paul Thornton

Additional Photographer

Ray Baker

Make-up Artist

Amy Spagnoli
Telona Williams

Post Production Engineer in Charge

Don DeMartini

Facilities Manager

Mike Lorentz


Shaunese Teamer


Jerry Glover


Sam Dyer
Olga Natividad
Morocco Omari


Sharon King Casting Agency


Broadway Costumes
Charleen Willoughby

Costume Director

Michael A. Stein


Orbert Davis
Nicole Mitchell
Ari Brown
Steve Eisen
Michael Salter
Anna Najoom
Henry Salgado
Sylvia de la Cerna
Talia Pavia
Lynn LaPlante
Ann Griffin
Jeremy Kahn
Willie Pickens
Stewart Miller
Ron Hall
Ernie Adams
David Clarke

Soundtrack Recording Produced by

Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram for Orbark Productions, LLC
Recorded and mixed by Roger Heiss at Tone Zone Recording, Chicago

"Off In Chicago" Performed By J. Ivy, Tarrey Torae and Zzaje'
Written by James Ivy Richardson, Mechalie Jamison and Tarrey Torae Richardson
Copyright 2010 Ivyous Entertainment, LLC

"Going to Chicago"
Performed by Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and Terisa Griffin
Written by William "Count" Basie and Jimmy Rushing
Copyright WB Music Corp.

"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"
Performed by Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Written by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson

Hotel Accommodations

Belden-Stratford Hotel
Seneca Hotel

Additional Funding Provided by:

John and Caroline Ballantine
Deone Jackman and Eugene Goldwasser
Nathalie Johnson
Gwendolyn B. King
Loop Capital Markets
Mrs. Joan M. Pilot
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome R. Rotter
The Teamer Family
Mr. & Mrs. Harvey R. Thomas
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Turner
Marylene S. Whitehead
Lisa G. Williams

Research and Archival Materials

Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
DuSable Museum of African American History
Smithsonian Institution


Beverly Ann Cook
Michael Flug
Robert Miller

Produced in Association with the Chicago Defender

Produced in Association with the Chicago History Museum

Produced in Association with the DuSable Museum of African American History

Additional Footage

Howard Alk
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
Blackside, Inc.
Chicago Defender Charities, Inc.
Michael Chess
Keevil Films
George King
Bob Lucas
Mike Gray
Curtis Mayfield
Fred McDonald
Middle Passage Productions, Inc.
Mike Shea Films
Museum of Broadcast Communications
National Archives and Records Administration
National Technical Information Service Library of Congress
Beverly A. Reed-Scott
Col. Eugene F. Scott
Ziff Sistrunk
University of Mississippi
The WPA Film Library

Archival Materials

Monroe Anderson
Black Ensemble Theater
Carol Moseley-Braun
David E. Brown
Thomas J. Burrell
Chaka Khan Enterprises
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Tribune
© Bettman CORBIS
Daily Herald
Vernon Guider Collection
Tyrone Haymore
Vivian Harsh Collection
© Antonio Dickey
Estate of Emmett Till
Frankie Knuckles
Library of Congress
Annie E. Oliver Family Collection
Om Productions
AJ Parker
Gordon Parks Foundation
Useni Eugene Perkins
Julia Perkins
The Provident Foundation
© Marc PoKempner
National Archives and Records Administration
Robbins History Museum
Reginald Robinson
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Southside Community Art Center
Dr. Christopher Reed
Herman Roberts
John W. Rogers, Jr.
Robert Bobby” Sengstacke
Jackie Taylor
Nathan Thompson
Glennette Tilley Turner
Wall of Respect Photos
-Mark Rogovin
University of Minnesota
- Katz Family YMCA Archives
Kevin Watson
Dr. Conrad Worrill
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
James Van der Zee

Special Thanks

Rose B. Allen
Keaton "Kidist" Allen-Gessesse
Donald Andries
Dorothy Andries
John and Caroline Ballantine
David C. Blowers
Norman R. Bobins
Eric J. Brown
Natasha Brown
Cecilia Butler
Ramsey Carey
Beverly Coppage
Chicago State University
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Urban League
Frank M. Clark
Lee Concha
Brendon Cosgrove
Amandillo Cousin
Crain's Chicago Business
Carol A. Davis
Denis Elmina Davis
Vera Davis
Vanessa F. Dennis
Amina Dickerson
Sandra Aya Enimil
eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc.
Michael A. Foster
Louise Frank
Jennifer Garcia

Terry Glover
Bridget Goins
Daniel Goldberg
William Goodlet
Carmella Grady
Pam Greyer
Judy Grimanis
Lillian Guider
Vincent Guider
Joy Henderson
Barbara Kensey
Sharon King
Merrillyn J. Kosier
Kitty Kurth
Raqi Lopez
Loyola Marymount University
Catherine Lynch

Special Thanks (cont.)

Marine Math and Science Academy
Viola Mason
Anna McCoy
Cary McMillan
Rick Micrut
Melody Morgan
Ron Norinsky
Northeastern Illinois University
  - The Carruther's Center for Inner City Studies
  - Campus Recreation
Anne Northrup
Isabella & Elliot
Northwestern University
Rose Perkins
Ron Pitts
Dan Protess
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Sandra and Timothy Rand
Wilma Randle
David Roman
Jada Russell
Nicholas Santore
Sara Sayigh
Jay Shefsky
Gilda Sheppard
Alex Silets
Jay Smith
Marie Smith
Officer Robert Smith
Matthew Specht
Charles Swanson
Melinda Synder
Rachel Sypniewski
LaTonya Taylor
Raymond Thomas
Diana Turowski
University of Chicago
University of Nebraska Omaha
  - College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media
  - Department of Theater
Dr. Tracy Vaughn
Wheaton College
Renee Whitmore
Charles Williams
Jamesetta Williams
Jarvis Williams

Executive Producers

Jerry Liwanag
V.J. McAleer

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