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Africa’s Great Civilizations

Henry Louis Gates Jr explores Africa's untold history

When telling the story of human civilization, much of the Western world has relegated Africa to little more than the birthplace of humankind, a prologue set millions of years in the past.

But the true history of Africa, and by extension all humanity, is far richer and vastly more important.

This six-hour documentary series chronicles 200,000 years of Africa's untold history, beginning with the origin of man and the formation of early human societies. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., the series details significant historical events, including the rise of African kingdoms and the growth of trade networks with the Middle East, Europe and China. The series also traces the roots of agriculture, writing, artistic expression and iron working.

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