Cathy Hughes, the founder of Radio One and TV One, hosted a special premiere viewing of the award-winning documentary Veterans of Color. The event was held Wednesday evening at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, MD.
Veterans of Color is a film that illustrates the many challenges faced by African-American veterans upon returning home from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. African-American men and women served faithfully in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, but after they returned home they were often treated as second-class citizens.
In 2000, the United States Congress established the Veterans Project to preserve and make accessible personal accounts of American war veterans. These oral histories will enable future generations to hear directly from veterans the realities of their experience and better understand the realities of war.
The Association for the Study Of African-American Life And History (ASALH) has partnered with and endorsed the Veteran’s History Project to assist in making sure the voices of African-American veterans will be represented in this endeavor. Veterans of Color was created and developed by the ASALH.
Veterans of Color, directed by Mark Parry, is based on 31 interviews with African-American servicemen (including several members of the Tuskegee Airmen). Parry selected the most compelling footage from the interviews and crafted an incredible documentary.
Cathy Hughes invited more than 300 active-duty and retired members of the military to the premiere. Prior to the viewing, Ms. Hughes and the Walmart corporation held a private V.I.P. reception attended by dignitaries and civic leaders such as Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, WUSA's JC Hayward, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffin II (parents of RGIII).
Walmart expects to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years through its "Veterans Welcome Home Commitment". Walmart plans to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty.
Radio One, an urban-oriented, multi-media company, was created by Hughes in 1979 when she purchased radio station WOL 1450. Radio One currently owns 55 broadcast stations located in 16 U.S. urban markets, and is the nation's largest broadcasting company primarily targeting African-American listeners.
In 2008, TV One launched TV One High Def, a national cable and satellite television network for African-American adults that currently serves more than 10.3 million households.