“The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”

Council member Charles Hill mentioned this in our last meeting…

Through the PBS film series, “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. exposes the thread of race woven tightly into our country’s history.  The documentary traces this racial string, revealing discomforting truths and vivid happenings that often evade historians and textbooks alike.

"The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." PBS. Photo. 23 October 2013. .
“The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” PBS. Photo. 23 October 2013. .

Fragmented into 6 specified periods of our past, the film hones significant spans in black history such as the Great Migration, the Jim Crow laws, Harlem, and the Rosa Parks-Martin Luther King Jr. era. Through depiction and occasional re-enactment, the documentary aims to pull the historical thread even tighter, connecting these momentous times throughout history to the present.  Thus, the film illuminates the relevance and presence of the past today, as race endures an inseparable aspect of identity knitted into our human nature.

Premiering on October 22nd, “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” will run weekly through November 26th on PBS.

For more information, visit: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/ and http://stylemagazine.com/news/2013/aug/30/henry-louis-gates-jr-presents-african-americans-ma/

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