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IN CELEBRATION OF THE 500th BIRTHDAY OF THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA, THE DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS 'THE AMERICAN LEGACY'

 IN CELEBRATION OF THE 500th BIRTHDAY OF THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA,
 THE DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS 'THE AMERICAN LEGACY'


A Salute to the People, History, Ideas and Scenic Wonders of America
 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the 500th birthday of the discovery of America, The Disney Channel will salute "The American Legacy" with an outstanding collection of movies, documentaries and specials that highlight the people, history, ideas and scenic wonders of America, announced Bruce Rider, senior vice president of programming for The Disney Channel.
 "The American Legacy" will air every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. (EST/PST) and will focus on four different aspects of "The American Legacy": American Heroes: The Men And Women Who Shaped America; America The Beautiful: The Sights And Sounds Of America; American Spirit: The Personal Triumphs; and the Fight For Freedom: America At War.
 During February, "The American Legacy" will honor Black History Month with the world premiere of "Tracks of Glory: The Major Taylor Story," starring Phil Morris ("W.I.O.U.") as Taylor, the world champion bicyclist who became the first black American athlete to gain international recognition. February also includes other tributes to black history such as "King ... Montgomery To Memphis," "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story," "Sounder" and "Words By Heart."
 In addition, "The American Legacy" includes several series. The "Medal of Honor" series is hosted by Cliff Robertson and profiles several Medal of Honor winners during each episode. This series will begin airing following Memorial Day on May 26. Another series will catalog the "Scenic Wonders of America," from the "American West" to the "Atlantic Vistas." Each of these films offers a spectacular look at the physical beauty of America. Included are the world premieres of "Scenic Wonders of America: Canyons Of Wonder," exploring the Bryce and Zion National Parks; "Scenic Wonders of America: Land Of Shining Mountains," looking at the Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks; and "Scenic Wonders of America: Northwest Treasures," taking viewers to Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks.
 Other highlights of upcoming shows include "Lady Liberty: A Musical Salute To American Freedom," in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ellis Island; the presentation of "The Achievers: Charles Lindbergh" during May, commemorating the 65th anniversary of Lindbergh's flight; and the Academy Award-winning "The Great American Cowboy" in March.
 The Disney Channel is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.
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