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PBS to debut series on 50 years of history after MLK’s death

Howard P. Milstein, Chairman and CEO of Emigrant Bank (left), with Henry Louis Gates Jr., at a launch event sponsored by the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, Emigrant Bank and HooverMilstein, for Professor Gates upcoming public television series "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise." (PRNewsFoto/Howard and Abby Milstein Founda)

NEW YORK (PRNewswire)–Emmy and Peabody-award winning Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recently celebrated his newest PBS series, “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise.”
The series is a two-part, four-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Gates. The documentary will premiere on PBS stations nationwide at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22.
The public television series celebrates couldn’t be more timely. Even as the country is in the final months of its first African-American president’s tenure, a searing schism has erupted between police and many of the communities they’re tasked with protecting. At the same time, efforts to erode the Voting Rights Act threaten to reverse historic strides in equal access to our nation’s democratic process.
Against the backdrop of such events, “America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” looks at the last 50 years of African-American history, charting the remarkable progress of our nation’s African-American community but raising serious questions about the obstacles that remain. The series moves from the sanctified past of the civil rights movement to the complex, raw, conflicted present. Gates’ program offers a fresh examination of key events and turning points in American race relations and black history over the last five decades, animated by viewpoints that have rarely been heard on television, ideas that are not often said out loud, and questions that many are afraid to ask.

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