Independent Lens "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness"

Independent Lens "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness"

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 10:30pm

Pictured: Herskovits, fourth from left, with colleagues.

Credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL/ITVS

Controversial Jewish anthropologist, Melville Herskovits' writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture.

Independent Lens "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness" airs Tuesday, February 2 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Encore presentations Wednesday, February 3 at 8a.m., 2p.m. and7:30p.m., and Sunday. February 7 at 12p.m. on PBS World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Using photomontage re-creations, interviews, animation, original field footage and recordings, this film examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits. The controversial Jewish anthropologist’s writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture by insisting that we look at the world through each other’s lives and histories.

Throughout the year, PBS invites viewers to explore the vast contributions of African Americans. In honor and celebration of Black History Month, February 2010, PBS presents new and encore programs, beginning in January and continuing through February.

Encompassing the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts.

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