About the SeriesThe African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross is a six-part, six hour primetime PBS series scheduled for national broadcast in fall 2013. The broadcast will begin October 22 and continue weekly through November 26. It will be the first documentary film series to chronicle the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent, through the arrival of black conquistadors in North America in the 1500s, to the disembarking of twenty slaves in Virginia in 1619, and onward--through almost four hundred subsequent years of historic events to 2008, when Barack Obama became the United States’ 44th President.
Building upon existing research and drawing from recent scholarship, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will guide viewers on an engaging journey across continents and centuries to shed new light on the experience of being African American. Contrary to what is commonly thought, the road to freedom for blacks in America was not linear, but instead, like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, with progress slowing (often suddenly) and at times, reversing. African American history encompasses multiple locations and venues, and must be viewed though a transnational perspective to be fully understood.
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The Museum of African American History’s historic sites are national in their scope and powerful in their significance to Massachusetts and United States history. These treasures and the related collections are preserved by the Museum and tell the challenging and remark able stories of black and white abolitionists whose steadfast and gallant commitments changed this nation. Enjoy lectures, concerts and children’s programs ranging from Archaeology to Underground Railroad Adventures. Visit the Museum’s historic sites on Beacon Hill and Nantucket and tour our Black Heritage Trails® for an amazing American experience.
New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA) was founded in 1897. NEHTA is the nation’s oldest association of teachers of history and social studies in the United States. Through our conferences, publications, and awards, the NEHTA provides teachers, students and academics opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations about the teaching and learning of history and its related disciplines. The NEHTA regularly sponsors and co-sponsors workshops, conferences, and other professional development activities. The NEHTA offers an annual fall conference on academic topics of historical and educational interest. The NEHTA also conducts a biannual spring conference for students and their teachers. Each year, NEHTA co-sponsors the Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC) and hosts a luncheon and reception with a noted academic historian as the keynote speaker. Recent speakers have included author and historian Eric Foner, and author and archaeologist William Kelso.
The MTA is a member-driven union of professional educators that advocates for quality public education in an environment in which lifelong learning and innovation flourish.
Primary Source is a nonprofit that promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum materials for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and given to inquiry.
Established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is a programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. Mass Humanities supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout the Commonwealth.