Winner 1992

The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney


One of the most destructive stereotypes in contemporary society is the passive, uninvolved, often absent male in African-American households. This program provides an alternative view. It presents the best possible role model in detailing the story of the first solo circumnavigation of the world by an African-American. Bill Pinkney’s voyage became a floating lesson in geography, history, courage, and determination for thousands of children following his progress by satellite in schools in Chicago and Boston. While much of the credit is due to the inspirational Mr. Pinkney himself, the program benefits from outstanding narration by Bill Cosby and intelligent production work of the highest level by executive producer Mark Mills and producer Lorie George. For writing a new chapter in African-American history—indeed American history in general—a Peabody to The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney.