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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Some very cool stuff can be found at PBS.

Including its latest piece of awesomeness – The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in this groundbreaking new six-part series. It started last Tuesday and runs through  through November 26 at 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS, airing on consecutive Tuesdays.

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.

Professor Gates travels throughout the United States, taking viewers on an engaging journey through African-American history. He visits key historical sites, partakes in lively debates with some of America’s top historians and interviews living eyewitnesses — including school integration pioneers Ruby Bridges and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and many more.

On the PBS site, you can find classroom goodies, video clips, historical background, and free posters.

It’s a must see and must use in the classroom.

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  1. Reblogged this on Malala Yousufzai CNN – A New Beginning for Hope, Courage & Motivation and commented:

    October 30, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on Intersections and commented:
    If I had a TV I would check this out Tuesday evenings.

    November 3, 2013

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