Wilmington, DE: Delaware's only 24-hour cable television channel - EDtv - took home an Emmy Award at the Mid Atlantic National Academy of Arts and Sciences awards presentation on Sept 28, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.
The cable channel, run by the Red Clay Consolidated School District, was nominated for two awards in the education/schools category. EDtv beat out six other nominees to take home the prize for Program Feature/Segment: In a World Without Black People, A Black History Month Special. The video MOVE: A Meadowood School was nominated in the Education/School – Program/Special category.
A World video was based on the short story by Philip Emeagwali and was conceived by a group of teachers at the Warner Elementary School in Wilmington. It was part of the channel’s special programming for Black History Month.
The video was directed by Robert Markopoulos, Executive Producer of EDtv, and shot/edited Moises Velazquez, a former student from Red Clay, who now works part time for EDtv.
“In most cases, you have a whole production team to do this scale of production,” said Markopoulos. “We had a crew made up of Moises, myself, and a group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders….We are honored to have won the award. This video was not only a passion project of ours, it meets the channel’s goals of educating not only our students, but everyone that sees the video how different a place the world would be without these amazing African American inventors.