Beginning tonight at 7pm, UNC-TV will air the first of three shows devoted to the life of renowned North Carolina statesman, Howard N. Lee.
"Biographical Conversations with Howard N. Lee" covers Lee's life from his election as mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, making him the first African American mayor of a predominantly white southern city, to his service in the state legislature and to being the first African American to serve in the state cabinet.
Host Shannon Vickery's three 1-hour conversations with Lee cover his efforts to settle worker strife on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, bringing public transportation to Chapel Hill, and much more.
Other North Carolinians who have participated in the biographical series are late Senators Terry Sanford and Jesse Helms, late historian John Hope Franklin, former UNC President Bill Friday, philanthropist Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, late photographer Hugh Morton, civil rights attorney Julius Chambers, and former governors James Holshouser, James B. Hunt, and James G. Martin.