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.

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Boston Globe: 'Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts new WGBH documentary series on Africa'

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s new three-part, six-hour documentary series, “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” will premiere on WGBH on Monday.

The show follows Gates, a Harvard professor, as he travels around Africa to places like Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe and traces the origins of human existence and the history of agriculture, writing, and artistic expression in the continent known as “the homeland of humanity.”

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Variety: ''Africa’s Great Civilizations': Henry Louis Gates on Why Understanding Africa’s History Is More Vital Than Ever'

For someone who is one of the world’s foremost scholars on African peoples, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is very easy to talk to. The “Finding Your Roots” host is one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, through his television programming, copious writing, and professorship at Harvard University — he’s comfortable both at the White House and in front of a classroom.

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