Series on Missing Black Persons to Premier This Month

January 5, 2012  |  

We’re finally taking the lack of coverage of missing black persons into our own hands with a new series on TV One called “Find Our Missing.” Each of the 10, one-hour docu-drama episodes will tell the story of a missing black person or persons, beginning with the day they disappeared and the search by investigators and loved ones to find them.

According to TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas:

“Nearly one-third of the missing in this country are black Americans, while we make up only 12 percent of the population. Yet stories about missing people of color are rarely told in the national media…

“Find Our Missing will be dramatic television, but we also hope that TV One’s combined efforts on air, through digital and social media, and through partnerships will also draw attention to a critical issue and bring new information to light for the loved ones of the missing featured in this series, and for others. We hope these profiles will trigger the memory of someone who might have seen something, and feel compelled to come forward and help these families who have suffered for so long,”

S. Epatha Merkerson, famous for role on “Law and Order,” will host the series which debuts Jan. 18. The first episode will tell the stories of Pamela Butler (shown here), a 47-year-old woman who disappeared in DC, and Hasanni Campbell, a five-year-old boy suffering from cerebral palsy who vanished in Oakland, CA.

Do you plan on tuning in to “Find Our Missing?”

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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