America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
South: The Black Belt (#101)
Gates travels to Memphis, Birmingham and Atlanta -- once the battlegrounds on which civil rights were won for black southerners in the 1950s and 60s. The very cities from which African Americans fled during the era of legal segregation are today drawing them back by the tens of thousands. But how much have these cities really changed since the civil rights era? Interviewees include Morgan Freeman and Maya Angelou. [85 minutes]
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Series Description: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard's chair of Afro- American Studies, travels the length and breadth of the United States to take the temperature of black America at the start of the new century. In four programs, Gates travels to four different parts of America -- the East Coast, the deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood. He explores this rich and diverse landscape, social as well as geographic, and meets the people who are defining black America, from the most famous and influential to those at the grassroots.
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