About the Show
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr looks at the last 50 years of African-American history, charting the remarkable progress black people have made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain. The series begins at the point where the story Americans tell about themselves becomes complicated and then steps out of the sanctified past and into the complex, raw, conflicted present. Professor Gates offers a fresh examination of key events and turning points in American race relations and black history over the last five decades. Part 1 of 4.