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Award Winning Producer Bryan Wade discusses his past projects and upcoming documentary series

“Keystones Oral Histories,” which can be seen on WITF and other PBS member stations around the country"

  • By Marquis Lupton

Aired; March 26th, 2024.

Renowned producer and host Bryan Wade, drawing from his personal journey marked by adversity, has dedicated himself to illuminating the intricate tapestry of American life, transcending racial and socioeconomic barriers. With over two decades of experience in radio, television, and documentary production, Wade’s work has consistently aimed at providing an equitable portrayal of diverse experiences across the nation. His acclaimed television series, “Worlds Apart,” which aired from 1997 to 2008, delved into the complexities of race in America, challenging prevailing social constructs and stereotypes. Following this success, Wade embarked on a documentary project initially focused on the National Civil War Museum, evolving into the expansive “Keystones Oral Histories,” now broadcasted on WITF and PBS stations nationwide.

Driven by a vision of fostering dialogue and understanding, Wade’s documentary series, launched in 2017, sheds light on the often-overlooked contributions of marginalized communities throughout history. Complemented by K-12 curriculum materials, meticulously aligned with educational standards, the initiative aims to broaden students’ perspectives and promote inclusivity in learning. In collaboration with Ruby Media, the forthcoming installment of “Keystones” will spotlight the pivotal role of diverse populations in the Underground Railroad network across south-central Pennsylvania. With a focus on the collaborative efforts of Quakers, white and Black abolitionists, and conductors, the documentary underscores the grassroots origins of the civil rights movement.

To ensure historical accuracy, Wade has enlisted the expertise of regional historians, including George F. Nagle and Calobe Jackson Jr., among others, for in-depth research. In the face of challenges to comprehensive historical education, Wade’s commitment to dismantling racial barriers and fostering unity remains steadfast. By encouraging viewers to recognize shared humanity beyond superficial divisions, he aspires to forge a more inclusive and harmonious society.

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