Documentary to highlight Black pioneers of St. Petersburg


Archie and David Boston recently met with State Rep. Daryl Rouson in Tallahassee to discuss their upcoming PBS special titled “Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City.”

Rouson supports this PBS special and will be assisting the producers to help identify financial support for the upcoming documentary.

“Black Pioneers” will chronicle the history of African-American struggles and successes in St. Petersburg. This historical documentary will tell the stories of Black men and women, past and present, whose sacrifices contributed to the community.

The targeted airdate will be during Black History Month 2017 on WUSF-TV Tampa/St. Petersburg.

Experienced producers
David, a Gibbs High School graduate, will produce the documentary. He previously worked as a producer and director with NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS television networks. His brother, Archie, also a Gibbs graduate, is the associative producer. Archie has extensive experience in advertising, design and design education in the greater Los Angeles area.

William Newmon, their childhood friend who also attended Gibbs, will lend his expertise in the set-designing department. He has worked on many popular television shows at Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.  Recently, he was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Art Directors Guild in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Unlike many other documentaries aired on local and national television, “Black Pioneers” will be a fast-paced and concise one-hour program utilizing historical photos, films, video footage along with music from different eras including the 1950s through the 1990s.

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This story is special to the Florida Courier from the Weekly Challenger.


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