John Legend’s ‘Underground’ celebrated at White House

The cast and creative team participated in panel discussions in which they elaborated on the inspiration behind the escape thriller.

WGN America's "Underground" At The White House

The network WGN America recently screened its slave series “Underground” at the White House.  The John Legend produced series which follows a group of slaves who escape from a plantation was shown as part of the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Black History Month event.

“These Hallowed Grounds and ‘Underground’ Screening,” highlights landmarks and monuments around the country significant to the African American community, including stops on the Underground Railroad. The screening was held in the White House’s South Court Auditorium and attended by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Barack Obama. Deputy Secretary O’Dell, Deputy Director, National Park Services, provided additional remarks before the panels and screening commenced.

Prior to the screening, the “Underground” cast and creative team, including executive producer John Legend, creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, director Anthony Hemingway, along with President and General Manager of WGN America, Matt Cherniss, and stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann, participated in panel discussions in which they elaborated on the inspiration behind the escape thriller.

The 10-episode, hour-long program series premieres Wednesday, March 9 (10 p.m. ET/PT) on WGN America.

Pictured: L-R) Stars Alano Miller, Amirah Vann, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica de Gouw and Chris Meloni – photo courtesy of WGN America

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