Pauletta Washington (nee Pearson) was born in North Carolina where her mother was a teacher and her father was a school principal. The Pearsons had expectations of their daughter and she did not disappoint them. While in high school, Pauletta's courage to participate in the racially segregated world of high stakes talent competitions distinguished her as an unflinching and pioneering artist.
She studied piano at Julliard, then was introduced to the jazz world by Miles Davis and members of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. In her early twenties, Pauletta was starring in the national tour of a Broadway show, and had begun to build a vibrant career working with theater luminaries Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Jules Styne.
After marrying Denzel Washington, Pauletta focused her attention on her husband and family, and built a second career undertaking initiatives that optimize the well-being of children and families.
Directed by David W. Connolly
Noriyuki Shirasu, illustrations
In Los Angeles
Alex Januik, editor
Toni Bell Nance, hair
Dan Lutz, bass
Glenn Erwin, recording engineer
The Nashville String Machine, Carl Gorodetsky, contractor
Arranged and orchestrated by Diane Louie
Stax Music Academy; Children and families of Stax Music Academy; Paul McKinney, music director; Adrianna Christmas, program and operations manager
Soulsville Charter School; Children and families of Soulsville Charter School, Jonathan Schallert, orchestra director; NeShante Brown, executive director
National Civil Rights Museum; Barbara Andrews, Director of Education & Interpretation; Beverly Robertson, Executive Director emeritus
Darion Hayes, himself
Travel by Designer Travel, Lisa Smith, Lynn Solky, Rita Pearson; Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, Janet L. Morton.
Education materials written by Corine Frick