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Councilwoman Hamilton hosts “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” Series during February and March

Thursday February 6, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – In honor of Black History Month, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is partnering with the group “Getting All People” (GAP) for a special documentary presentation over three Friday nights in February and March.

District 5 residents will have the opportunity to watch and discuss: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

“This 2013 PBS Documentary recounts the how African Americans were brought to this country, and then became the driving force of change for civil rights through the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries,” says Hamilton. “It is a fascinating historical account and we want to offer it to the community.”

Many Rivers to Cross was first broadcast on PBS in October of last year. It was hosted by its creator, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, and editor. It is a six part miniseries beginning in the 1500’s when the origins of slavery began and follows through the settling of America, the Civil War, Jim Crow, Civil Rights to present day.

The series will be show on three Friday nights in February.

“We are going to take a different approach to viewing history,” says Hamilton. “We will begin with present day and then slowly reverse the clock to show what led to each significant change in Black History.”

On each of the Friday nights, an episode will be shown followed by a question and answer session for the audience with Hamilton and Richard Whitlock of GAP. This coming Friday, the Society of United Poets will make a special presentation before the beginning of the series.

The series will be shown at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway beginning at 7:00pm. It is free and it is for the entire family.

Here is the lineup:

February 7th

Many Rivers to Cross: The years 1968 to 2013, focusing on how civil rights moved forward in the 20th Century to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

Post Show Discussion

February 21st

Many Rivers to Cross: The years 1940 to 1968 which focus on laying the ground work for the change that would come. Focus on the beginnings of the civil rights movement.

Post Show Discussion.

February 28th

Many Rivers to Cross: the years 1897 to 1940 which focus on the Jim Crow laws designed to keep the segregation in place in the Southern United States.

Post Show Discussion

Then the series will carry forward to the month of March with the remaining event days yet to be announced. Those segments are:

Many Rivers to Cross: The years 1860 to 1897 which focus on the African Americans who took up arms for freedom during the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation’s real impact during Reconstruction.

Post Show Discussion

Many Rivers to Cross: The years 1800 to 1860 which focuses on the new country of America as slavery takes hold and becomes a political question. It covers improvements with things such as Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin to the nat Turner Slave rebellion.

Post Show Discussion

Many Rivers to Cross: The years 1500 to 1800 which focus on when the origins of slavery and the slave trade and what set the tone for determining the importance of a person’s skin color in society.

Post Show Discussion

“This will be a great educational event for young people and we encourage everyone to come out and share their experiences with us as part of Black History Month,” says Hamilton.

For more information about this special event, The African Americans; Many Rivers to Cross, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.

Sponsor:
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5