Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Premiered November, 2016

In his four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted a panel discussion on the program.

Panelists included: 

  • 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

Special welcome from Tiffany Douglas, Senior Vice President, Michigan Market Manager, Bank of America

Major corporate support for the national film is provided in part by Bank of America.

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