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Paley Center to Pay Tribute to African-American Achievements in TV; Lee Daniels, Oprah to Attend

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Oprah Winfrey, Michael Strahan and Lee Daniels are among the guests and presenters expected at the Paley Center’s tribute to African-American achievements in television, to be held May 13 in New York.

The tribute will highlight milestones such as the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and the 35th anniversary of network BET. It will feature influential industry pioneers sharing television moments that impacted American culture and spurred social progress.

“Television, more than any other medium, has paved the way for social change, and this momentous African-American tribute is a great expression of the Paley Center’s mission to highlight the critical role of media within our society,” said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center.

Other guests expected to attend include Mara Brock Akil, Anthony Anderson, Diahann Carroll, Julius Erving, Gwen Ifill, Wynton Marsalis, Phylicia Rashad, Cicely Tyson and Larry Wilmore.