African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Tues., Nov. 19 - Nov. 26 @ 8pm on CET
This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present.
Presented and written by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the series draws on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, guiding viewers on an engaging journey across two continents to shed new light on the experience of being African American. Among those interviewed are Kathleen Cleaver, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Congressman John Lewis, civil rights activist Diane Nash and more.
Oct. 22: The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)
Explore the truly global experiences that created the African-American people from the emergence of plantation slavery to the global explosion of freedom movements.
Oct. 29: The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)
Illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution and how a group of courageous individuals created the momentum that would eventually lead to the Civil War.
Nov. 5: Into the Fire (1861-1896)
Examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery.
Nov. 12: Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)
Portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation, and “The Harlem Renaissance.”
Nov. 19: Rise! (1940-1968)
Travels the long road to civil rights from World War II to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nov. 26: It’s Nation Time (1968-2013)
After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement’s victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two.