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African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

7 pm Tuesdays on WILL-TV: Five centuries of African-American history with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Norman Rockwell painting inspired by Ruby Bridges’ history-changing walk integrating the William Frantz Public School in New Orleans in 1960,

Norman Rockwell painting inspired by Ruby Bridges’ history-changing walk integrating the William Frantz Public School in New Orleans in 1960,

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.

The series airs on WILL-TV Tuesdays at 7 pm through Nov. 26

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