WBU Showing Historical Documentary in Recognition of Black History Month

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University is taking an historical look at Black History Month by showing the miniseries “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.” Co-hosted by School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Jimmy Dean Museum and the Museum of the Llano Estacado, shows will air in the museum auditorium at 1 p.m. each Friday beginning Jan. 28.

  • Friday, January 28: Ep. 1 – “The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)”
  • Friday, February 4: Ep. 2 – “The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)”
  • Friday, February 11: Ep. 3 – “Into the Fire (1861-1896)”
  • Friday, February 18: Ep. 4 – “Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)” – this is also Homecoming, so we might draw a bigger crowd (or not)
  • Friday, February 25: Ep. 5 – “Rise! (1940-1968)”
  • Friday, March 4: Ep. 6 – “A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)”

Following each episode, a member of Wayland’s history faculty will lead a discussion about the episode and its historical ramifications. Wayland history professor Dr. Rebekah Crowe is excited about sharing the information with the public.

“This miniseries traces the history of African Americans in the United States from the beginning of the international slave trade into the 21st century,” Crowe said. “I’ve used episodes in class before, but I’ve never had an opportunity to show the whole series.”

For more information on the series, visit the website https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/. The screenings are open to the public at no charge.