PBS and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Team Up for 6-Hour Documentary Series “Africa’s Great Civilizations”

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article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

According to ShadowAndAct.com, during the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour, PBS unveiled that it has teamed up with African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for a 3-part/6-hour documentary series titled “Africa’s Great Civilizations” which premieres on February 27, promising to bring “little-known yet epic stories to life, detailing African kingdoms and cultures.”

The official summary is as follows: “Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides a new look from an African perspective at African history, traversing the dawn of mankind to the dawn of the 20th century. The series is a breathtaking and personal journey through history that includes evidence of the earliest human culture and art, arguably the world’s greatest ever civilizations and kingdoms, and some of the world’s earliest writing. Gates travels throughout the vast continent of Africa to discover the true majesty of its greatest civilizations and kingdoms.”

The series will air over 3 nights, Monday-Wednesday, February 27-March 1, from 9-11 p.m. ET each airing.  To see the trailer, click below:


8 thoughts on “PBS and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Team Up for 6-Hour Documentary Series “Africa’s Great Civilizations””

  1. Dr. Gates always does an excellent job of research. I am certain that the production will be accurate and inspiring. I have already placed it on my schedule, so as to not miss a minute. As we approach Black History Month, it is critically important for everyone to understand that we must begin our teaching and discussions with Africa and our evolution as an African people.

    Ray Miller
    The Columbus African American

      1. Don’t be an ignorant idiot. I already confronted the closet Uncle Tom when he was promoting the aforementioned piece of drivel almost 20 years ago, so I’ll pass on this one.

    1. Yeah, I’m right there with you. “Wonders of the African World” seemed to be a rebuke to the africentric movement promoting ancient Egypt as a black civilization. I’ll be watching to see what Dr. Gates says about Egypt now.

    2. This was the best documentary I have ever watched. Every person of African decent should see the true and rich history of Africa. Now I am so proud to be of African decent. I Highly recommend this documentary.

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