The “Peace Queen” documentary produced by Peace Works United and McKenna/Gottlieb Producers was awarded a 2021 Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The category was news historical/cultural long form.
The documentary centers around Melannie Denise Cunningham, her initial award from the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Organization for her continued work on racial reconciliation in the region. The prize included a trip to Oslo, Norway where Melannie attends the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Viewers follow her as she investigates what peace means to the expert scholars studying the phenomenon in Norway. She also sought out average citizens of color in that country for their take on peace.
Along with being the star of the documentary, Cunningham was the executive producer of the project. Her team included Jim McKenna, Producer; Joanne M. Lisosky, producer and Jewel Diamond Taylor, associate producer. The creative team included many others who edited and shot the video as well as producing original music for the soundtrack.
“I am in grateful mode,” Cunningham said. “I am so proud of this work and the fact that it was recognized for excellence in this time of turmoil in our country and the world.”
Peace Works United is a recognized non-profit organization designed to foster peace and reconciliation amount all peoples.