Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Receives Peabody Award for “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” - 4. 2. 14

gatesThe Department of English congratulates Alphonse Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who has just won a Peabody Award for his PBS documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The prestigious Peabody honor signifies excellence of quality in television and radio programming, and will be presented on May 19th.

Professor Gates has taught at Harvard for over two decades. He has written more than sixteen books, including Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513–2008 (2011), The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988), Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars (1992), The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin (2006), and Colored People (1994). Some of his other recent TV programs include Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) and Faces of America (2010).

To learn more about The African Americans, please view the trailer below, or visit pbs.org.