Tonight! The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"The story of the African American people is the story of the settlement and growth of America itself, a universal tale that all people should experience," Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

To the amazing MAKERS community,

After 10 years in the making, I am proud to announce that my most recent documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres TONIGHT at 8pm on PBS (check your local listing).

The six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

If you'd like to learn more about the series, you can check out the review in today's New York Times or watch the official trailer:

I'll be watching tonight and tweeting along as well. Follow me on Twitter, @dyllanmcgee, and join the conversation! We'll be using the hashtag #ManyRiversPBS.

Finally, I wanted to give a big thank you to our production partners, Ark Media, PBS, and WNET - we couldn't have done it without you!


Dyllan McGee
Founder & Executive Producer, MAKERS
Executive Producer, "The African Americans with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."

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