PANELISTS AND PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP PREVIEWING NEW PBS DOCUMENTARY THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS – IN PHOENIX OCT. 5
Educators to receive professional development, explore rich history of African Americans
WHAT: Eight, Arizona PBS in partnership with the City of Phoenix Latino Institute and Arizona Informant will host an event Oct. 5 to unveil the six-part, six-hour series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The event, which is free to attend, will lead educators, and others serving educational roles in the community, through a full-day agenda of professional development, integrating the landmark series into educational curricula. Three hours of professional development credit is available to educators for participating, at no cost to participants.
Written and presented by noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross documentary series premieres October 22 at 7 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS, and other PBS stations nationwide, and runs weekly for six consecutive weeks. The film chronicles the evolution of the African American people, as well as the cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.
The agenda for the Oct. 5th community and professional development event includes:
WHERE: The historic A.E. England Building in downtown Phoenix (424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004), adjacent to Civic Space Park.
WHEN: Saturday, October 5 - from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PHOTO OPPS: Panelists and other honored guests will be available for interviews and photos before and after the event.
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