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Thirteen/WNET New York's "The Story in History: Engaging Youth in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES" focused on making history come alive for young people. Through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Ancestry.com, and eight public television stations, young people in clubhouses across America explored their personal histories and genealogy, the history of an individual in their community, or the history of their community itself. Participating club members implemented tools and resources from the AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES series and outreach materials, and supplement their research through access to the Web site Ancestry.com.

Detroit Public Television KETC - St. Louis, MO

The members of Adam H. Sarver Boys and Girls Club in Detroit, Michigan, in partnership with Detroit Public Television, explored the ancestral history of their club's namesake, Adam Hass Sarver, through a PowerPoint presentation.

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The members of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club (HHBGC) of St. Louis, Missouri created a documentary video which tells the story of a notable African American in the St. Louis community -Donald Suggs, publisher of the only daily African American newspaper in St. Louis. The HHBGC documentary traces Mr. Suggs' path in the same manner as the African American Lives broadcast series.

Completed project will be available to view in October.

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KUHT - Houston, TX Maryland Public Television

The members of the Johnny Mitchell Boys and Girls Club of Houston, Texas created a PowerPoint which examines the histories of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Baptist Church on Avenue L, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Central High School, the first black Texan Estevanico, the African American civic celebration "Juneteenth," and Norris Wright Cuney, the first Black customs officer.

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Kevin Boney, La-Qzaria Boney and Tyra Clay from The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Middle River, in partnership with Maryland Public Television, created a PowerPoint presentation focused on the history of their ancestors, the Wall family.

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WETA - Arlington, VA WTTW - Chicago, IL

The Sharks and Stars of the Boys and Girls Club Germantown Branch of Greater Washington created a PowerPoint presentation about the history of the national and local Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well examined the history of Germantown, Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland, where their BGCA chapter is located.

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Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago developed a film project focusing on the John Fiske School, where their club headquarters is located. The film contains interviews of Fiske staff, students and parents.

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WTVI - Charlotte, NC WNET - New York, NY

The young people of the Belmont Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte created a video project that explores African American entertainment and cultural events found in their local community. The video profiles people such as the head coach of the Charlotte Stings, a local sports journalist, and the organizers of Charlotte's Juneteenth celebration.

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The members of the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse of Brooklyn, New York and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of the Bronx, New York in partnership with Thirteen/WNET New York, explored through PowerPoint presentations the history of their club's communities: Kips Bay in the Bronx and Flatbush, Brooklyn. Club members researched the lives of community members and club members, such as Kips Bay Board of Trustees member Curtis Orlando Minnis and club members Rachel Poinson and Tiffany Hutchinson. Both clubs also chose to learn about their community history by examining local institutions such as The Dutch Reformed Church of Flatbush and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

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The Story in History Funded by: CPB African American Lives - Co-produced by: Thirteen/WNET Co-produced by: Kunhardt Productions African American Lives Funded by: Coca-Cola African American Lives Funded by: P&G