In his 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 shaped their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.
When Africa turns up on a history program, it’s often because another cache of ancient bones has been found there. Maybe there’s a mention of Mitochondrial Eve and a map showing how early humans migrated out of Africa and populated the world, but these programs generally leave a 200,000-year void between the paleoanthropological find and today.
Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard scholar, is in the midst of a quest to change that with “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” a six-part PBS series . His message is that it wasn’t just our DNA that originated in Africa.
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