THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS : Rise! (1940-1968)

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Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

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Examine the long road to civil rights, when the contradictions in American society became untenable.

  • Airdate(s): 11/21/2020, 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
  • AARC #: 105
  • Original Broadcast: 11/19/2013
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Episode Description

“Rise!” examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II came home to face the same old racial violence. But mass media — from print to radio and TV — broadcast that injustice, planting seeds of resistance. The success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African-American hopes and dreams. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, heralding the dawn of a movement of resistance, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its public face. Before long, masses of African Americans practiced this nonviolent approach to integrate public schools, lunch counters and more. Nonviolence, however, was often met with violence. In 1968, Dr. King was assassinated, unleashing a new call for “Black Power” across the country.

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Press Documents

  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Featured Interviewees Episode 5

    Interview
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presents THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, Premiering October 22 at 8 pm on PBS

    Press Release
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Series At-a-Glance

    Synopsis
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Filmography for Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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  • THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS TCA Bios

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  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Advisors

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  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Production Biographies

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