The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Oct 14, 2013

Watch Tuesdays at 8pm!

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.

Check out WTVI’s locally-produced companion pieces, which will provide audiences with insights into our regional history and powerful thematic ties to the national content.

Dorothy Counts Scoggins

Levine Museum of the New South

Johnson C. Smith University History