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Shining a Light

Partners and Advisors

Shining a Light Presenting Partners

Following the Mother Emanuel tragedy and inspired by the reaction of the family members and Charleston community A+E Networks and iHeart Media  were inspired to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America. We are partnering with United Way Worldwide to power The Fund for Progress on Race in America - a national grant program to support those working to heal historic racial divides, identify bias, and activate solutions.

About A+E Networks

A+E Networks®, LLC.  is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E®, Lifetime®, History®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™, A+E Studios™, History en Espaňol™, Crime & Investigation Network™, Military History™, Lifetime Real Women®, A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products™.  A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 350 million households in over 160 countries.  A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. Visit aenetworks.com for more company information.

About iHeartMedia

With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 87 million monthly digital uniques, over 75 million social followers and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. 
 
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 700 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.  The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About United Way Worldwide

With 2.9 million volunteers and 10.3 million donors worldwide, and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith organizations, educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited

Shining a Light Advisors

A+E has assembled an Advisory Committee of nationally known experts and leaders in racial and social justice to provide oversight of the fund and grant program.  The Advisory Committee will select the grant recipients. Advisory Committee members include:

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change

Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Executive Director of the Advancement Project

Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Bishop Vashti McKenzie, incoming chair of the A.M.E. Church General Board

Bishop Reginald Jackson, Social Action Chair for the A.M.E. Church

Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of the Clapham Group

Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement;

Van Jones, President & Co-Founder of #cut50

Kimberly Gilmore, Senior Historian and Vice President of Social Responsibility, A+E Networks

Thank You to Our Outreach Partners

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