WGBH News and Media Relations


October 28, 2013

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Address Massachusetts Teachers at WGBH

WGBH hosting educational workshop based on new PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
BOSTON, Mass. (October 28, 2013)As part of WGBH’s continuing commitment to education and longstanding history of creating educational media for the classroom, the local public media producer and broadcaster is hosting a workshop for more than 150 Massachusetts social studies and history teachersto coincide with the broadcast of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The new groundbreaking six-part documentary series on African American history—written and presented by noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—premiered this week on WGBH and PBS stations nationwide. Major corporate support for the series and workshopwas provided by Bank of America.
“WGBH is delighted to build on our ongoing partnership with teachers across Massachusetts with resources that will help them mine the wealth of this important PBS series,” said WGBH Director of Media Engagement Mary Haggerty. “Teachers who participate in our workshop for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will come away with practical classroom tools that will help students broaden their perspectives and increase their understanding of pivotal events in our nation’s history.”
Educators who attend this workshop will receive the following freeresources:
·  Many Rivers to Cross teachers’ guide and classroom resources
·  Many Rivers to Cross series poster
·  One-year membership to WGBH
·  Resources from WGBH’s American Experience and Masterpiece series
·  Educator resources and information from our partner organizations (Massachusetts Teachers Association, Museum of African American History, New England History Teachers Association, Primary Source, and Mass Humanities)
Professor Gates will open the workshop with a keynote address that explores topics covered in the series. Immediately after Gates’ remarks, teachers will have an opportunity to screen a selection of clips from the series. New York public broadcaster WNET, the presenting station for the series, will lead a tour of the educator website, and provide a professional overview of the teachers’ guide, lesson plans, and other classroom tools which were developed to enhance the teaching and learning of African American history.
To complement WGBH’s broadcast of the new PBS series, WGBH also produced an on-air interstitial featuring Boston Museum of African American History Executive Director BeverlyMorgan-Welch and Director of Education L’Merchie Frazie. The short piece highlights the museum’s mission and significance for future generations.
WHEN:      Monday, October 28
WHO:         Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University scholar
                       Bob Gallery, Bank of America President, WGBH Overseer
                       Jeanne Hopkins, WGBH Vice President for Communications and Government Relations
                       BeverlyMorgan-Welch, Museum of African American History Executive Director
                       More than 150 Mass middle and high school history and social studies teachers, curriculum directors
WHERE:   WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, Mass.
MORE INFO: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, written and presented by noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., recounts the full trajectory of African American history, moving through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up tothe present — when America is led by a black president. The six-part series is airing on consecutive Tuesdays at 8pm on WGBH 2 starting October 22. More information is available on the series website.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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