Africa's Great Civilizations

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa.


  • The Atlantic Age | Hour Five

    Explores the impact of the Atlantic world and the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Cities | Hour Four

    Explores the great African cities and their wealth and industry.
  • Empires of Gold | Hour Three

    Uncover complex trade networks & educational institutions in north and west Africa.
  • The Cross and The Crescent | Hour Two

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the rise and impact of Christianity and Islam across Africa.
  • Origins | Hour One

    Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

About Africa's Great Civilizations

In his 6-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a 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.