The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Snags Emmy Win

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. attends The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross New York series premiere at the Paris Theater Oct. 16, 2013, in New York City.  
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Editor-in-Chief of The Root Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr.’s documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross took home the Emmy for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form at the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

The documentary, which premiered in 2013 on PBS, details the journey African Americans have made in the U.S. from the origins of slavery right up to the nation’s first black president, touching on social, political and religious dynamics.


The public television network captured 11 Emmys in total, followed closely by CBS, which took home 10 thanks in part by 60 Minutes, the biggest winner among single shows, hauling in five awards for different episodes, according to The Wrap

Other network winners included ABC, with three Emmys, and BBC World News, HBO and NBC, each of which won two.  

The full list of winners is available here.

Read more at The Wrap.

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