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Must Watch: ‘Black America Since MLK’ on PBS

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Black folks have been in America since before the United States was founded, and our history is embedded deep within every aspect of this country. Still, our experience has been a unique one, filled with struggles and triumphs. As we get ready to bid adieu to our first Black president, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and PBS want to take viewers on a journey through Black America from to MLK to the present.

Here’s how PBS describes the documentary:

In his new four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

The project will take place over two nights, November 15 and 22, and seeks to answer the question “What happened since Martin Luther King Jr.’s been gone?”

Through delving into his personal history, Gates will attempt to tell the story of Black America over the past five decades from the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, through the election of Barack Obama.

The first part of the documentary will air Tuesday, November 15 at 8 p.m. on your local PBS channel.