The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 8:00pm

Norman Rockwell depicted the history-changing walk by the six-year old Ruby Bridges in his iconic painting entitled “The Problem We All Live With”

Survey the full sweep of African-American history with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.  Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.