Vanessa Williams says this year's 'A Capitol Fourth' concert will be different due to COVID-19, and special to her as a woman of color. (July 3)
VANESSA WILLIAMS: The big difference is that we don't have a long, full-- in front of the Capitol. We usually do it live in a band shell and with a live audience. Obviously, due to COVID, we pre-taped. John Stamos and I are co-hosting. We pre-taped across from the Capitol with the Capitol in our back, so we were on the rooftop.
We stayed distant from each other with a big screen in between us that we had all the performances-- were in between us on the screen. So everybody who performed was in their own specific town. So the performances are not live, but they're separate and because of social distancing.
- (SINGING) I'm standing [INAUDIBLE] with you.
VANESSA WILLIAMS This year was special. Because as a woman of color, I had to represent. And I had to be clear about what was going on in the world. And I think they did a wonderful job in not only including me and addressing the message and the feeling that many have in America, but also I got a chance to tell the story of two of my great, great grandfathers, one born in New York, who signed up for the Union Army and fought against labor in 1863, another who was born a slave in Tennessee, but ended up being educated by his slave masters, becoming a superintendent of schools and ended up being a representative in the state house in Tennessee after the war. So it's a great opportunity for me to tell my story, but also to show and also do a little history lesson about how African Americans have helped build this country for hundreds of years.