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Africa's Great Civilizations

In his new six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.


Season 1
Episode 6
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the dynamism of 19th century Africa, the “Scramble” by...
Season 1
Episode 5
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to...
Season 1
Episode 4
Gates explores the power of Africa’s greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great...
Season 1
Episode 3
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational...


Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the ancient rise of Christianity...
Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers...


Explore Africa's Great Civilizations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., from the birth of humank