For Black History Month, Disney|ABC Television Group (Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior) will share "Be Inspired" interstitial series featuring stories about distinguished African American men and women.
The "Be Inspired" interstitial series aims to cultivate kid's deeper interest in history and inspire them to feel their own significance in the present and future.
For younger viewers (age 2-7), Disney Junior and Disney Channel will debut the interstitials beginning WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 with Doc McStuffins introducing notable women and men in a series of interstitials. They are Stephanie R. Grant, a pilot who led the first all-female African-American flight crew to operate a commercial airliner; Disney legend Floyd Norman, one of the first African-American animators at Walt Disney Studios during the 1950s; and Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an emergency doctor and founder of the Artemis Medical Society, an organization comprised of over 4700 women physicians of color from around the world.
Geared toward kids age 6-14, the interstitial begins airing WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, on Disney Channel and Disney XD. with the story of acclaimed African-American pilot Charles Alfred "Chief" Anderson Sr., known as the "Father of Black Aviation" for his brave and innovative leadership as Chief Civilian Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen.
The story, hosted by Nathaniel Potvin (Disney XD's "MECH-X4"), originates from the non-profit Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum in Compton, California, and includes the museum's founder and executive director Robin Petgrave, Ted Lumpkin of the Tuskegee Airmen 100 th Fighter Squadron, and Kimberly Anyadike, the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane across the United States.
Throughout Black History Month, Disney Channel will also present interstitial segments that pay tribute to notable African-Americans who have influenced and inspired kids and families including Martin Luther King Jr., former President Barack Obama, Jackie Robinson, Maya Angelou, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Daniels, Viola Davis and more.
Among the featured segments is the story of "Descendants" star Cameron Boyce and his personal connection to "The Clinton 12," the historical African-American teens who were first to integrate a public school in the South in 1956. Boyce's grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, was among "The Clinton 12."
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