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Black America Since MLK

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Black American Since MLK: And Still I Rise is a 4-hour series that aired on PBS in 2016. The show features interviews and archival footage. Henry Louis Gates Jr. wrote, produced, and narrates the series.[1] CSUUSB showed part of the series and held discussions in Jupy 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.[2]

Gates said the series was framed around the question: “If Malcolm X and Martin Luther King woke up and they asked you, ‘What’s happened since I died?,’ what would you tell them?” The show explores class division in the African American community and includes interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Cornell West, Nas, and Jesse Jackson as well as coverage of the Watts riots of 1965, the emergence hip-hop, The Cosby Show, the Rodney King beatinf, crack epidemic, Michael Jackson, Hurricane Katrina, and Black Lives Matter. It was produced at WETA-TV in Washington D.C.[3]


  1. "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise | PBS" – via www.pbs.org.
  2. "Part 4 of the documentary 'Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,' focus of next Conversations on Race and Policing | CSUSB News | CSUSB". www.csusb.edu.
  3. "New Henry Louis Gates Jr. documentary focuses on history of African-Americans since MLK". Current.

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