Press ReleaseFebruary 5, 2020
Charter Celebrates Black History Month
Special news reports, movie collections and the nation’s first African American-focused news channel are among the activities planned throughout February
STAMFORD, Conn. — Charter Communications, Inc. is celebrating Black History Month throughout February with a variety of initiatives spotlighting African American history, culture and issues. These include special reports from Spectrum Networks, a curated selection of Spectrum On Demand movies, the screening of a new historical documentary about African American astronauts, and a series of thought-provoking conversations about television news, information and entertainment coverage in the black community.
“Charter is committed to serving the unique needs of our customers and enhancing diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business, from our workforce of 98,000 people, to the products and services we offer, to the communities we support,” said Rhonda Crichlow, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. “We’re honored to celebrate Black History Month by providing our customers with a variety of meaningful entertainment and programming options.”
Black History Month initiatives include:
• Spectrum News stories honoring African American trailblazers, history and issues. These include a feature on Dr. Dudley Flood, a former educator who was instrumental in desegregating North Carolina schools; a profile of Jonathan Gregg, a civil rights activist in Kentucky; the history behind the iconic Watts Towers in Los Angeles; a look at Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad past; and stories of African American residents who influenced local sports and education in their Central New York communities. More information is available at www.spectrumlocalnews.com.
• Featured discussions with local experts and elected officials on African American history and issues on In Focus, Spectrum News’ local public affairs program. In Focus Kentucky will feature State Senator Gerald Neal, the Legislature’s longest-serving black member. In Texas, Austin City Councilmember Natasha Harper-Madison will join Vicky Coffee and Dr. Calvin Kelly, cast members of “Sister Moses,” based on the life of Harriett Tubman, to discuss race relations. In Focus in New York City will talk about the Crown Act with Janet Dewart Bell, author of “Lighting the Fires of Freedom,” Brenda Greene, Ph.D., Carmelyn Malalis, Commissioner of NYC Commission on Human Rights, and NYC Councilmember Robert Cornegy. North Carolina will feature discussions on public vs. charter schools for African Americans with Eric Davis, Chair of the State Board of Education, and State Senator Don Davis.
• Promoting collections of black-themed movies via Spectrum On Demand. These curated offerings include Classic Cinema (such as “Dreamgirls”, “Precious”), Historic Heroes (including “Ali”, “Harriet”) and New Favorites (such as “Get Out”, “Queen & Slim”).
• The special screening of “Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier,” a documentary, in partnership with Smithsonian Channel will be shown in several Charter markets throughout the country, including Los Angeles, CA, Birmingham, AL, and Cape Canaveral, FL. The documentary is a story of the decades-long battle between the United States and the Soviet Union to bring diversity to the skies. During these events that will run throughout Black History Month, Charter will bring together community leaders and elected officials to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of black astronauts and their families.
• A four-part community conversation with leading voices from the African American community, who will join Charter at events focused on the importance of meeting the information and entertainment needs of diverse audiences. Former Congressman, Black News Channel Chairman and Co-Founder J.C. Watts will sit down with the Reverend Al Sharpton at the historic House of Justice in Harlem for an in-depth discussion about giving a voice to the issues and priorities that matter most to African Americans and their communities. Events and activities with Watts, community leaders and elected officials will continue throughout Black History Month in Durham, NC, Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to the above Black History Month-specific activities, Charter will be one of the first pay TV providers to offer the Black News Channel, the nation’s only 24/7 African American-focused news network, on our lineups in some of our biggest markets, upon its scheduled launch. Charter has significantly expanded the distribution of black-owned and focused networks like Cleo TV, TV One, Revolt, Aspire, the Impact Network and Bounce TV.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced residential broadband services, including Spectrum TV® programming, Spectrum Internet®, Spectrum Voice®, and Spectrum Mobile™. Under the Spectrum Business® brand, Charter provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium-sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Through the Spectrum Enterprise brand, Charter is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter's news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Charter can be found at newsroom.charter.com.