"Africa’s Great Civilizations"

Mon, Wed-Thurs, February 27, March 1-2 at 9PM

AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS, the latest three-part, six-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on PBS Monday, February 27 over three consecutive nights from 9-11 p.m. EST. In the new documentary, Professor Gates travels the length and breadth of Africa to chronicle the continent’s history from a firmly African perspective. His journey takes him from the city of Great Zimbabwe to the pyramids of the Kingdom of Kush in Sudan, from the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia to the continent’s oldest university in Fez, from the Blombos Caves in South Africa to Ancient Mali, the empire of King Mansa Musa, still thought to be the wealthiest person ever to have lived.

In AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS, Gates chronicles a sweeping 200,000-year journey of discovery, showing the complexity, grandeur and diversity of many millennia of undiscussed and unknown details about Africa’s compelling and dramatic history. Gates presents — for the first time for a popular audience — a new vision not only of Africa’s pivotal place in world history, but also the world’s relation to Africa.