*Last week, Chicago dignitaries, gospel industry insiders and notable community figures gathered at the Dusable Museum of African American History to honor television programmer Central City Productions (CCP)’s 40th Anniversary.

CCP 40th Anniversary Gala Hosts Jim Rose and Cheryl Burton with CCP Chairman Don Jackson

Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Emmy award-winning news anchor Cheryl Burton, sports anchor and reporter Jim Rose, and WGN 9’s Bob Jordan, CCP and their founder, CEO and Chairman Don Jackson was applauded for their leadership and legacy in African American entertainment.

CCP Chairman Don Jackson, Grammy-winning gospel artist Vickie Winans, US Senator Roland W. Burris, CCP President Erma Gray Davis and actor/author Greg Alan Williams arrive at the gala.

Live performances included show-opener Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producerDarius Brooks and gospel music legend Vickie Winans, whose illustrious career took off in tandem with CCP’s original Stellar Music Awards.

President of Chicago State University Dr. Wayne Watson and AARP's Merri Dee with CCP Executives Don Jackson and Erma Gray Davis on the red carpet.

CCP celebrated 40 years as the oldest black-owned independent television production company in the country and over one thousand of hours of premium syndicated urban programming, including the acclaimed Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the Soul Train Music Awards.