Legendary Civil Rights Activist and Icon, Xernona Clayton, to be Honored with Bounce TV Documentary.
To say that I've been forever changed by this encounter would be an understatement. Just yesterday I got the chance to meet, and interview, the woman who is responsible for some of the nations most historical moments. I got to witness, firsthand, the amazing presence of Mrs. Xernona Clayton and, on Juneteenth, you will too!
Bounce TV, the popular broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will be celebrating one of the communities most joyous holidays, Juneteenth, with a new, in-depth, documentary chronicling the life of Mrs. Clayton.
In a press release, Bounce TV stated that they'll be "Celebrating the life of one of the most unheralded civil rights icons and African American pioneers of our time, the documentary tells the amazing story of Xernona Clayton, an extraordinary woman who has impacted our country so respectfully and quietly that many aren’t aware of her enormous contributions.
From her modest beginnings in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Clayton has made it her life's work to promote racial understanding. Told from her perspective, as well as through the eyes of family and friends, “Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White” will spotlight the person who over her incredible career became the first Black woman in the South to have her own TV show, helped write the blueprint to desegregate hospitals in the South and even convinced a KKK Grand Dragon to renounce his position as well as the organization.
“Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White” will be an elegant march through Clayton’s nearly century-long life, from her years working as an aide and close friend with Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, through her pioneering broadcasting career with Ted Turner, which led to the creation of the Trumpet Awards. Designed by Clayton to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others, the Trumpet Awards continue to this day and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
All of these accomplishments are phenomenal and we've only just scratched the surface. While screening "Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White" I was able to put a name with the face that I'd seen for so many years. A name to the regal woman who stood alongside some of the world's most influential men. Mrs. Xernona Clayton is the reason African American women are now seen as legitimate journalists. This woman built the platform so many of us stand on. A platform that I used to "sit at her feet" and draw from her well of wisdom.
Mrs. Clayton arrived with a smile and greeted the room of journalists warmly while we all sat beaming in her presence. She spoke directly to each of us, answering our questions with the grace of one who has learned to tell the hard tales without flinching. I inquired about her roles during the fight for civil rights. Asking what she would say to someone who wants to get involved and make a great change in this new era of protesting. A time when we are more likely to end up dead than in jail. Her answer? "Start where you are with what you have."
For over an hour we questioned Mrs. Clayton and asked her everything we could about the historical events she's lived through, how she felt about current events and what it felt like to watch her life on screen. Mrs. Clayton admitted that she cried after watching the documentary and many of us echoed the same. She remarked that she was once denied a job at a business on the very street that bears her name in the heart of Atlanta. Talk about a full circle moment!
As you will see in "Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White", Mrs. Clayton has always been a problem solver and an influencer. She saw that African Americans were being denied access to jobs, proper care and simple dignities. She saw that change was needed and used her influence and position to make the lives of others better. If you've ever wondered how you can make a difference, what you should do or how you can change the world, we implore you to watch "Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White" Monday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
Following its Bounce TV premiere, the documentary will be available on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s subscription video-on-demand service, where viewers can catch up on all Bounce originals anytime exclusively. Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, VIZIO TVs, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV and Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information.
“Xernona Clayton, The Podcast” is an eight-part companion podcast series to the documentary with episodes being made available on all major podcasting platforms beginning on Juneteenth. Hosted by Michelle Miller of CBS News, listeners will be treated to more details and behind-the-scenes stories from Ms. Clayton, who openly shares the pivotal chapters and personalities of her influential life with candor, humor, and grace.
This documentary is life-changing and a complete must see!