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WGN's Underground at the 2017 Conference

2017-04-27

The Network to Freedom is proud to announce the plenary panel for this year's Underground Railroad Conference.

In 2016, WGN America launched Underground, a thrilling TV series that continues to receive critical acclaim for its gripping portrayal of the Underground Railroad. “Underground” follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. The show’s second season, which began airing this past March, broke rating records for the cable network and continues to trend nationally on Twitter every Wednesday night. 
 
In the critically acclaimed second season, creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski introduced Harriet Tubman brought to life by actress Aisha Hinds, whose powerful portrayal of Tubman quickly enthralled audiences.  An entire episode entitled "Minty" was dedicated to Tubman’s story (Tubman’s nickname), featuring Hinds delivering an hour-long monumental and definitive speech as Tubman.  This revolutionary episode, described as one of the greatest in television history, received rave reviews across the board, and called “Remarkable” by both The Associated Press and The New York Times. 
 
Series Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski will join actress Aisha Hinds in a moderated panel session to discuss the groundbreaking series, sharing the inspiration behind the series and the importance of bringing this larger than life story of American heroes to the small screen.