Singer Lou Rawls to host telethon to raise money for black colleges

December 27, 1991

Lou Rawls is back, and this time he's in two places at once.

Actually, the "Low Rawls Parade of Stars" telethon will be broadcasting tomorrow from two sites, including the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, a landmark venue that served as a springboard for many black entertainers.

According to a spokesman for the show, which supports the United Negro College Fund, actress Jackee (of "227" fame) and veteran nightclub singer Clint Holmes will co-host at the Apollo.

Anchoring from the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., will be the Grammy-winning singer Rawls along with Ed McMahon, Nancy Wilson and Marilyn McCoo.

Also scheduled for the seven-hour telethon (6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Channel 50) are Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, Kool Moe Dee, the hip-hop group Color Me Badd and Oleta Adams.

Founded in 1944, the United Negro College Fund helps support 41 private, historically black colleges and universities; nearly 90 percent of the students enrolled in these schools need financial assistance, according to a show spokesman.

Since the "Parade of Stars" debuted 11 years ago, it has generated approximately $90 million in cash and pledges.

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