NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr., who sets out to change what known about those civilizations with his African history series that airs Monday night on PBS.
Africa's Great Civilizations
In his new six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.
Now airing on PBS (check local listings)