-Airing Feb. 27, March 1, and March 2, 2017-

Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, Africa’s Great Civilizations brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures. The three-part, six-hour documentary series is hosted, executive produced, and written by  Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Episodes include:

Part 1: Origins/The Cross and the Crescent – Premieres Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.
Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa. Then, watch as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the ancient rise and impact of Christianity and Islam across Africa.

Part 2: Empires of Gold/Cities – Premieres Wednesday, March 1 at 9 p.m.
Gates uncovers complex trade networks and educational institutions that advanced north and west Africa. He then explores the great African cities, whose wealth and industry attracted European nations.

Part 3: The Atlantic Age/Commerce & the Clash of Civilizations – Premieres Thursday, March 2 at 9 p.m.
Follow the impact of the Atlantic world, which led to the creation of new kingdoms and transatlantic slave trade. Then, explore the dynamism of 19th-century Africa and the infamous “Scramble for Africa” and its riches.

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