Henry Louis Gates Jr. on 500 Years of African American History

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The newest documentary by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., “The African Americans,” examines five centuries of African American history—from the first black conquistador to arrive in what's now America to the election of President Barack Obama.

The series explores the evolution of the African American people, as well as the cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed against unimaginable odds.

Today we continue our conversation with the Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Check out part one of our interview with Dr. Gates here. Below is our full interview with Dr. Gates.