“History by Us” Makes History
Celebration Will Last All Year Long
This past February, we celebrated 10 years of AT&T 28 Days with the help of YouTube sensations Denzel Dion, Khadi Don and Maya Washington, as well as up-and-coming filmmakers Nefertite Nguvu and Gabrielle Shepard, as they shared lesser-known but important stories of historical Black figures in the series “History by Us.” Then you joined in the celebration by sharing how you were making history.
To bring the stories to life, we worked with these emerging storytellers to create entertaining videos. These uplifting stories showcased African American heroes whose achievements still hold special relevance today. They also showcased the unique talents of these up-and-coming creators who will certainly go down in the history books themselves.
The AT&T 28 Days website featured even more stories of trailblazing figures from the past, like astronomer Benjamin Banneker, pioneer “Stagecoach” Mary Fields and media mogul John H. Johnson. These stories were heightened by the bold, realistic artwork of illustrator Charles Chaisson, who was commissioned to create portraits especially for this project.
You helped take the celebration to the next level by attending a live panel discussion with Anthony Anderson and Yara Shahidi, and by sharing your own history-making achievements to social media for a chance to be a guest at a live taping of their show in Los Angeles. These amazing contributions showed how Black history is being made every day.
But the celebration doesn’t stop here. All the “History by Us” content will be available year-round so that we can continue to pay tribute to the countless contributions of Black history.