WHTM-TV (ABC27) To Host Exclusive Town Hall Community-Wide Telecast Examining Local Issues of Social and Racial Justice

Community Representatives Will Address Race Relations and the “Black Lives Matter” Movement in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, PA

Program Will Air on July 22, Available via Television Broadcast and Livestream Video

 HARRISBURG, PA (July 20,2020) WHTM-TV (ABC27), Nexstar Broadcasting’s television station serving Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, PA (DMA #47), announced today that it will host an exclusive Town Hall meeting examining the topics of race relations, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, how to recognize personal prejudice and how to promote positive dialogue about issues of social justice. The Town Hall meeting, titled “Finding Hope Together,” will air on ABC27 on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The program will be hosted from the Harrisburg studios of ABC27 and feature several guests including, Alaak Deu, an organizer of the Black Lives Matter protests in Lancaster; Marquis Lupton, co-founder of The Cultured Professional Network which highlights voices of the disenfranchised in central Pennsylvania; Dr. Leroy Hopkins, president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania; and singer Terria Chrichelle. ABC27 anchor James Crummel will lead the discussion and serve as the moderator of the telecast, which will conclude with a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – often referred to as the Black National Anthem.

”Finding Hope Together” will be livestreamed and available on abc27.com/findinghope. Visitors to the website will also find a series of vignettes produced by ABC27 featuring community, religious, political and law enforcement leaders across central Pennsylvania who, in their own words, speak to the issues of racial bias and prejudice in our communities and answer questions about how we can begin healing process.

“The issues of race relations and social justice are critically important to the local residents of Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, just as they are to people everywhere across the United States,” said Robert Bee, Vice President and General Manager of ABC27. “In order to move forward, we need to start discussing these issues in an open and honest forum. ABC27 is uniquely positioned to bring together representatives of local organizations to help educate our viewers, foster understanding and positive dialogue, and begin the process of coming together as a community. We are proud to be able to bring this exclusive virtual Town Hall meeting to our viewers and grateful to our guests for their participation.”


“Finding Hope Together”: Hosted by ABC27
July 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. ET
WHTM-TV (ABC27) Studios
Livestream available at http://www.abc27.com/

Hosts: ABC27 Anchor & Reporter, James Crummel


  • Alaak Deu, an organizer of the Black Lives Matter protests in Lancaster, PA
  • Marquis Lupton, co-founder of The Cultured Professional Network, which highlights voices of the disenfranchised in central Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Leroy Hopkins, president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania
  • Singer Terria Chrichell

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Media Contacts:
Robert Bee
Vice President & General Manager
717/238-0962 or rbee@abc27.com

Gary Weitman
EVP & Chief Communications Officer
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
312/222-3394 or gweitman@nexstar.tv

Investor Contacts:
Joseph Jaffoni, Jennifer Neuman
212/835-8500 or nxst@jcir.com





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