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Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise – Programs Repeat, Educational Lessons Available!

January 6, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Martin Luther King leading protest

The four-hour PBS series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise with Henry Louis Gates Jr. repeats in January. In this series, Gates 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. From Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyonce, the programs chart the remarkable progress made and raise hard questions about the obstacles that remain.

WETA has created supporting educational lessons for grades 9-12 that are available now!

Part 1 – Out of the Shadows/Move on Up

Henry Louis Gates Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history. 

Repeats: January 15 at 4:00 p.m. on ETV


Part 2 – Keep Your Head Up/Touch the Sky

Gates connects the civil rights era to today, exploring race, politics and culture.

Repeats: January 22 at 4:00 p.m. on ETV


Educational lessons designed for grades 9-12 by WETA to support the PBS series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise are now available on PBS Learning Media.


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