The documentary series, Africa’s Great Civilizations with Henry Louis Gates Jr., explores the cultural richness, impact and real history of Africa. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a long-time author and film documentary producer will walk us through the stages of how Africa became home to some of the greatest civilizations on earth. Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, teacher, and historian who has covered a plethora of topics regarding African history. After graduating from Yale Law School, Gates began his career in 1975 with the Afro-American Studies department. Later he moved to Cornell University to continue his research, as well as a short stint at Duke and Harvard, where he taught undergraduate and graduate studies. According to Gates, “We all are so ignorant of the history of Africa and of the fact that Africa is the origin of the human community. We are all Africans. We are all descendants of Africans.”
The show, scheduled to begin airing on February 27th, will be a six-hour series with subsequent airings on March 1st and 2nd. Gates is focused on telling the story of Africa in a non-exaggerated way, stating, “The point of this series, without using any exaggeration and the most exact scholarly standards, is to tell the story of Africa, not fantasizing it in an Afrocentric way — just telling the story.”
With over 200,000 years worth of history to cover, Gates knows the massive scope of the project, and hopes to finally set the record straight regarding the truth and history behind African civilizations, shedding light on the birth of humanity, the development of modern society, and how Africa is part of everyone in the world. Africa’s Great Civilizations is not to be missed regardless of one’s race or nationality.