Mary Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes and the group’s longest-running vocalist, will be coming to Beverly Hills next month to discuss her career as one of Motown Records’ leading ladies of the 1960s.
As part of the Paley Center for Media’s programming for Black History Month, “A Legendary Evening With Mary Wilson” will highlight the Supremes’ influence on pop music and explore how their television appearances shattered gender, racial and social barriers.
The Paley Center’s monthlong celebration, titled “Shaping Our Nation’s Story: African-American Achievements in Television,” coincides with Motown’s 60th anniversary and will feature events at Paley Center locations in Beverly Hills and New York City.
An interactive media display will test viewers’ knowledge of Motown legends Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and more. Another exhibit will spotlight the work of prominent African Americans such as Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson.