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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
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  • Sunday, August 9, at 12pm

  • Saturday, August 15, at 11am


The Reverend Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the infamous June 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This August he appears with host Louis Gates, Jr. on MPB's encore presentation of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

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.