Many Rivers to Cross: A Look into the 500-Year Story of the African American

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    When most of us think back to our history lessons about America’s discovery, the first people that come to mind are of European descent. But few know of a slave,known as Esteban the Moor, who traveled America and was the first African to do so.

    This and many other facts are featured in a new PBS documentary that October 22. Off the heels of “African American Lives” and “Finding Your Roots” comes Dr. Henry “Skip” Gates’ new PBS documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” The noted Harvard scholar recounts the full trajectory of African-American history, from slavery through the election of this country’s first black president, in a new six-part series.

    In addition to the documentary, Gates has released a complimentary book that he hopes to integrate as a teaching tool into America’s schools. Click here for more information.

    “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” continues Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS and airs each Tuesday through November 26, 2013.

    The documentary episodes include:

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