Emmy Award Winning donnie l. betts Speaks for Black History Month

donnie l. betts (lowercased on purpose) who is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, a four time CABJ award winning radio journalist and Broadway performer, a founding member of two theatre companies in Denver, City Stage Ensemble and Denver Black Arts Company, was the speaker for the Black History Program which was held February 19. The program was sponsored by the National Tertiary Educational Union (NTEU). betts presented his current documentary, "Lincoln Hills" in which he documnets the period of racial segregation in Colorado history when African Americans built the only all African American resort west of the Mississippi river to provide a safe haven from the racism and "Jim Crow laws."

donnie betts attended Yale School of Drama and is an artist in residence for the state of Colorado. His theatre performance credits include "The Gospel at Colonus" on Broadway, "The Warrior Ant" at BAM as well as many regional performances including  "Spunk", "Driving Miss Daisy", "Home", "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", "Joe Turner's Come and Gone", and many more. His theatre directing includes "Crumbs from the Table of Joy", "K2", "Emporor Jones", "Zora", "Slut Energy Theory", and over 30 other productions. His production company, No Credits Productions produces the award winning radio drama "Destination Freedom, Black Radio Days", and documentary films including "Music is My Life", "Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr.". His films have been screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide and have won of eleven "Best Documentary" and Audience's Choice Awards. His first film, "Dearfield: The Road Less Traveled", a docudrama about the all-black in Northern Colorado was nominated for an Emmy and won several film festival awards, aired on PBS and was screened at FESPACO in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He also won an Emmy for his film "My Voice". donnie's two current documentaries, "Lincoln Hills" and "Justina Ford, MD" will air on Rocky Mountain PBS Feburary 21st and 28th 2013.


  • Series Outline: a television series of half-hour episodes produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado, dedicated to preserving & celebrating the people, events & places that have shaped Colorado (episodes below directed by donnie l. betts).
    Season 1
  • Lincoln Hills: during the time of racial segregation, Lincoln Hills, the only all African-American resort west of the Mississippi River, provided a shelter from the storm.
    Airdate: February 21, 2013 at 7pm.
  • Justina Ford, MD: born with two strikes against her, Dr. Justina Ford overcame barriers of race and gender to become the first African-American woman to practice medicine in Colorado and delivered over 7,000 babies.
    Airdate: February 28, 2013 at 7pm.
  • Keota: the boom and bust of homesteading community in Colorado's eastern plains.
    Airdate: March 21, 2013 at 7pm.
  • Amche: while American troops were fighting abroad in World War II, over 7500 Japenese-Americans found themselves interened in the Granada War Relocation Center.
    Airdate: March 28, 2013 at 7pm.
  • Spencer & Julie Penrose: from exotic animals to opposing prohibition, nothing was too extraordinary for the entrepreneur dubbed a master  "promoter" and his sophisticated wife. Delve into the affluent life of Colorado Springs' pioneering couple.
    Airdate: April 4, 2013 at 7pm.

For more showings and more information, please visit www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience.