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Tonight: Final Episode Of PBS’ ‘African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross’ Covering 1968-2013

Tonight: Final Episode Of PBS' 'African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross' Covering 1968-2013

The 6th and FINAL episode of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, airs TONIGHTTuesday, November 26th at 8pm ET/PT.

Titled A More Perfect Union, covering the years 1968 through 2013, tonight’s episode explores…

… the new future African Americans sought, following the victories of the civil rights movement, but instead, ran into a growing class disparity that threatened to split the black community in two. As hundreds of African Americans won political office across the country and the black middle class made unprecedented progress, larger economic and political forces isolated the black urban poor in the inner cities, vulnerable to new social ills and an epidemic of incarceration. Yet, African Americans of all backgrounds came together to support Illinois’ Senator Barack Obama in his historic campaign for the presidency of the United States. When he won in 2008, many hoped that America had finally transcended race and racism.  By the time of his second victory, it was clear that many issues, including true racial equality, remain to be resolved. Now we ask: How will African Americans help redefine the United States in the years to come?

I must admit that I haven’t been keeping up with the series, but I’ve recorded them all (and will do the same with tonight’s episode) so that I can watch on my own time, which won’t be too long from now – likely over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have you been watching? If so, your thoughts on all you’ve seen thus far…

Below, watch a sneak peek at tonight’s final episode. For more information about the episode, visit:

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Martha Barkley

Carey, just watch the beginning and I bet you will want to watch it all. Gates questions the African descendants about how their families benefited from the slave trade. He drives with Ed Ball through the beautiful Lowcountry of SC to one of the Ball plantations, questioning the numbers of slaves owned on the many Ball plantations. Slaves in the Family a must read history. Isabel Wilkerson is interviewed about her ten years of research for Warmth of Other Suns. Martha

Martha f. Barkley

The first three programs filmed all over the world on location were very revealing…beautiful Lowcountry scenes of plantation location with Ed Ball in the car…Isabel Wilkerson in episode four or five, Henry Louis Gates has asked all the questions of everyone…amazing, complete and non- judgemental…thank you PBS. Everyone can learn from this marvelously done series!

Eric Redding

Basically a political advocacy piece for Democrats and Barack Obama. The main theme: you must be racist if you don't support our black President. It's no wonder PBS is losing it's funding hand over fist.


Regardless of how folks may feel towards Skip Gates this has been a riveting DOCUMENTARY!! I've watched all the episodes and was inundated with a flood of emotions regarding our history and our tumultuous path to EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS!


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