The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Extended Preview

October 20, 2013
6:00pm Eastern Time
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Join us for a live-chat and social viewing experience for the premiere episode of 'The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.' before the Tuesday, Oct. 22 broadcast premiere on PBS.

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The series draws on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources to guide viewers on an engaging journey across five hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.

Bank of America is proud to sponsor 'The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,' airing Tuesdays at 8 pm ET on PBS beginning on October 22.

Video Description

Extended Preview: The Black Atlantic, Episode One

In this extended preview of the first episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, The Black Atlantic, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the use of slavery in the New World. In Sierra Leone, he visits Port Loko and Bunce Island, where some 50,000 Africans departed on slave ships for the Americas, to talk about the slave trade within Africa.

19min 44sec


  • Thirteen

    New York's PBS station. Thirteen Productions LLC is the co-producer of 'The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,' along with Kunhardt McGee Productions and Inkwell Films in association with Ark Media.


  • James Sweet

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, History Department Professor & Department Chair: Prof. Sweet's research and teaching interests center on Africans and their descendants in the broader world

  • Sabin Streeter

    Independent writer and filmmaker, specializing in documentary television, including the first two episodes of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross for PBS: Mr. Streeter is also the editor of GIG (Random House), an oral history of the contemporary workplace and a contributing editor of US: Americans Talk About Love (Faber & Faber), an oral history of romance.

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