TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

February 17, 2018 at 5:30 am

“On This Journey, There Is Still #HOPE.” Those words will headline the 47th Annual Black and Puerto Rican conference weekend in Albany and help set the tone for the group’s legislative agenda this coming year. We’ve got your preview. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson,  the new film  by PBS’ Independent Lens, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture and national identity. Nelson is here to preview the powerful story of the influence and evolution of education. A new documentary “Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire” chronicles the life and legacy of business pioneer, philanthropist and titan Reginald F. Lewis. A Harvard Law School graduate, Lewis rose to prominence as a lawyer, financier, and leader of the global food company TLC Beatrice International. Lewis was the first African American ever to close an overseas billion dollar leveraged buyout deal. Lewis paved the way for future entrepreneurs and black leaders through his life’s work until his untimely death. Tonight Loida Nicolas Lewis, wife of Reginald F. Lewis and chair of Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, joins us to shed light on his rich legacy.

Aired on February 16, 2018.