New PBS DVD From Henry Louis Gates Jr. Explores African Influence on the Caribbean

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Just as the U.S. has announced a resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba, there will now be a way for Americans to learn more about the history of Afro-Cubans and other descendants of Africa across the Caribbean and Latin America. In a press release, PBS announced that it is releasing a new set on DVD called The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross & Black in Latin America With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The DVD will be available Jan. 20, 2015. 

Professor Gates, The Root’s editor-in-chief, introduces viewers to the faces and voices of the descendants of Africans in six Latin American countries: Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.

The PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed—forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. The series just won a DuPont Award, has also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award...

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