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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Film Screening | Multicultural Affairs

Feb 5, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rauch Business Center - 184
621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem PA 18015

Evelynda Santos

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Presents: Dr. Henry Louis Gates' PBS Special
The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross Film Screening

Episode One: The Black Atlantic (1500 – 1800)
Monday, February 5th 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the transatlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a 10-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South.

Episode Two: The Age of Slavery (1800 – 1860)
Monday, February 5th 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people in places like Philadelphia, these years were a time of tremendous opportunity. But for most African Americans, this era represented a new nadir. King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, and a Second Middle Passage forcibly relocated African Americans from the Upper South into the Deep South. Yet as slavery intensified, so did resistance. From individual acts to mass rebellions, African Americans demonstrated their determination to undermine and ultimately eradicate slavery in every state in the nation.

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