“African American Lives” Celebrated for Black History Month

PBS documentary shown on campus

In celebration of Black History Month, the International Education Office, Student Life, and the Anthropology Student Association are sponsoring the four-part PBS series, “African American Lives.”

The documentary traces the lineage of prominent African Americans back to their African heritage. Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the film follows the ancestry of Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker, Quincy Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others using DNA analysis and genealogy. Each part is approximately one hour.

For more information on the documentary, including resources for educators, go online.

While the four parts are in sequence, it is possible to view one episode without seeing the rest and still enjoy it.

The schedule for showings is as follows:

  • Feb. 3 – African American Lives Documentary Part 1, 1 p.m. in S-29/30
  • Feb. 4 – Part 1, noon in S-29/30
  • Feb. 8 – Part 2, noon in S-29/30
  • Feb. 12 – Part 2, noon in S-29/30
  • Feb. 15 – Part 3, 1 p.m. in S-29/30
  • Feb. 18 – Part 3, noon in S-29/30
  • Feb. 23 – Part 4, noon in S-29/30
  • Feb. 25 – Part 4 noon in S-29/30