‘Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise’

‘Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise’
November 15, 2016 paperlesslion
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TONIGHT on DPTV Ch. 56 — From victories of the Civil Rights movement to today — embark with Louis Gates, Jr. on a journey through the last 50 years of African American history. Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise is on Detroit Public Television Channel 56 on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.  Learn more: http://to.pbs.org/2ftYVzK

One Detroit Web Exclusive: Watch an important conversation with Detroit leaders about where our city has been since MLK and what the future holds for Detroit at http://dptv.org/andstillirise

 Across the planet, many felt the United States had entered a “post racial” world with the election of Barack Obama in 2008; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream fulfilled.  Eight years later Americans are more divided than ever over issues of race leaving us to ask ourselves, “What would Martin Luther King Jr think today?”

Premiering tonight at 8pm ET on Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. asks this very question not to King himself – but to all Americans and Detroit in particular – in Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise.

In a two-part, four-hour new documentary, Gates looks at the last 50 years of African-American history,  charting the remarkable progress black people have made, and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain. The series begins with the civil rights movement and moves into the complex, conflicted present.

Today, Barack Obama is President and African Americans wield influence in every domain. At the same time, black people are incarcerated at six times the rate of whites, face financial inequality, and find many schools and neighborhoods more segregated than they were in 1965. What happened?

To find out, Gates offers a fresh examination of key events and turning points in American race relations and explores ideas and asks questions that are not often said out loud.  Part one of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise airs TONIGHT at 8pm ET and part two airs on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 8pm ET. Learn more by visiting http://to.pbs.org/2ftYVzK and follow the conversation on social media using #BlackAmericaPBS.

 One Detroit Web Exclusive: Black America Since MLK holds particular resonance with America’s most important city, Detroit, as we struggle with transforming ourselves into a 21st century urban model amidst issues of race and segregation as well as the other issues they impact: education, poverty, transportation, housing, etc.

One Detroit tackles this conversation after the broadcast with an often passionate and always insightful panel discussion recorded live at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History tackling issues like cultural appropriation, O.J. Simpson, President Clinton’s real legacy and more. Our One Detroit panel includes:

  • Dr. Agustin Arbulu, Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Professor of Law, WSU
  • Dr. Melvin T. Peters, Associate Professor, Dept. of African American Studies at Eastern MI University
  • Honorable Adam Shakoor
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit, Inc.
  • Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit Historical Society – Moderator
  • Kim Trent, Wayne State University Board of Governors
  • Tarence Wheeler, Director of Parent Engagement & Community Outreach, River Rouge School District

To watch this important conversation, visit http://dptv.org/andstillirise.