The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

News Release Date: 
August 7, 2014

For Immediate Release
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Hosts Series on African-American History

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 7, 2014) -- The full trajectory of African-American history is recounted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”  The six-part series will air in a seven-and-a-half hour block from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CT on NET2 World on Sunday, Aug. 10.

The 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. 

Gates travels throughout the United States, taking viewers on an engaging journey through 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 and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. 

The series takes viewers across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series will reveal to viewers that the African-American community has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.

Throughout the course of the programs, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America was not linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress.

NET2 World is part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET's website (netNebraska.org/television).

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org

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