The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Senior Producer: Rachel Dretzin 
Senior Story Producer: Leslie Asako Gladsjo
Directors/Producers: Phil Bertelsen, Leslie Asako Gladsjo, Sabin Streeter and Jamila Wignot
Co-Producers: Talleah Bridges McMahon, Hazel Gurland-Pooler and Leah R. Williams 
Edited by: Paula Heredia, Kim Miille, Nancy Novack, Howard Sharp and Bruce Shaw 
Original Music: Paul Brill

THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (2013) is a six-part series scheduled for national, primetime broadcast on public television in the fall of 2013. It will be the first documentary film series to chronicle the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent over four centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today–when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. Hosted by noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America's top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series will guide viewers on an engaging journey across four hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. Episodes include "The Black Atlantic" (1500-1800), "The Age of Slavery" (1800-1858), "Into the Fire" (1858-1896), "Making a Way Out of No Way" (1896-1940), "Rise!" (1940-1968), and "It's Nation Time" (1968-2013). The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross is a joint production of Kunhardt McGee Productions, WNET, and Inkwell Films in association with Ark Media.

WINNER OF A 2013 PEABODY AWARD: MORE INFO
WINNER OF A 2014 EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL PROGRAM - LONG FORM

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