Educators invited to workshop on PBS’s “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”

The African Americans Many Rivers to Cross

Henry Louis Gates, JrMTA is partnering with WGBH on a workshop for high school and middle school teachers of history and social studies, as well as curriculum directors, on the PBS documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This free workshop will be held Monday, October 28, at WGBH’s studios in Boston, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. A free dinner is included, and parking for the event is free.

The six-hour, six-part documentary premiers October 22 and builds on existing research to offer viewers a journey across continents and through centuries to shed new light on the experience of being African American.

Gates, Harvard University’s Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and head of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, will open the workshop with a keynote address, which will be followed by a screening of clips from the series and a tour of the educator website.

Educators will also receive other PBS resources, including:

  • The “Many Rivers to Cross’’ teacher’s guide, classroom resources and a series poster.
  • A free one-year membership to WGBH.
  • A DVD of “Great Expectations” and a copy of the book “The Amish,” companion to the series on  The American Experience.

To register and to obtain more information, visit, or e-mail

Click here to view the event flier.