Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Ruby Bridges at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans during the filming of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.