PBS NewsHour Presents “Race Matters: America in Crisis” Friday, June 5

ARLINGTON, VA (June 3, 2020) — “Race Matters: America in Crisis, A PBS NewsHour Special” will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Friday, June 5, 2020, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. The primetime special will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff and include contributions from PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, and special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

“Race Matters: America in Crisis” will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s deep systemic racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice system, and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations of thought leaders, newsmakers and experts.

Reporting on race in America and solutions to race matters has been a long-standing commitment at PBS NewsHour. Launched initially in 2015, NewsHour’s “Race Matters” series explores race, diversity, and intolerance from varying corners and circumstances in our country, on broadcast and online.

Expected guests include:

Ava DuVernay
Writer, producer, director and film distributor

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation

Tracie Keesee
Co-founder and senior vice president of justice initiatives, Center for Policing Equity

Tef Poe
Co-founder of Hands Up United and rapper

Nikole Hannah Jones
Domestic correspondent, The New York Times and creator of the 1619 Project

Dr. Lauren Powell
Executive director, TIME’s UP Healthcare

William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr.
Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and director, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University

Bakari Sellers
Attorney, author, and former South Carolina State Representative

Cleveland Sellers
Civil rights activist, co-leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, former director of the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina and former president of Voorhees College.

In addition to its broadcast on PBS stations, the program will stream at pbs.org/newshour and pbs.org; on PBS NewsHour’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter; and on the PBS Video App (available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Smart TVs).

About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, DC, in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Consumer Cellular, Fidelity, Johnson & Johnson, and Raymond James, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, Skoll Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit PBS NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.