African American LivesThe Story in History: A Toolkit for Researching the Past -- Inspired by the PBS series AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES
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THE STORY IN HISTORY provides young people with the tools they need to get involved in an active investigation of their own history. Created in conjunction with the PBS series AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES, THE STORY IN HISTORY encourages youth to extend the historical investigations presented in the series by creating multimedia projects focusing on historical issues relevant to their lives.

About the Series
AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES is the first documentary series to employ genealogy and science to explore black roots in America and Africa. Hosted by renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and utilizing expert genealogical and historical research and DNA analysis, the four-part series traces the lineages of Professor Gates and eight other prominent African Americans - neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, actress Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T.D. Jakes, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, musician/producer Quincy Jones, sociologist Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, comedian/actor Chris Tucker and TV pioneer/philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Viewers accompany them on a transformational journey of discovery as they unearth remarkable new truths about their family histories - including fascinating stories of ancestors who were free during the time of slavery. Through the examination of these nine lives, the series provides an unprecedented understanding of African American history. In the process, it underscores for all Americans the importance of knowing one's past in order to unlock the future.


Web Credits
Senior Producer - Sandy Goldberg
Technical Producer - Elizabeth Goodman
Art Director - Sabina Daley
Designer - Radik Shvarts
Production Assistant - Julie Angiolillo
HTML Implementation - Brian Santalone

Director, Interactive and Broadband -- Anthony Chapman
THE STORY IN HISTORY is a production of the LAB@Thirteen, Thirteen/WNET's Educational and Community Outreach department. Marsha Drummond, Director, Christopher W. Czajka, Associate Director


Ronald Thorpe, Vice President and Director of Education
Funding for The Story in History is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES is provided by The Coca-Cola Company and the following P&G brands: Pringles ©, Folgers ©, Bounty ©, Charmin ©, Tide ©, Downy ©, Pampers ©, Crest ©.


The Story in History Funded by: CPB African American Lives - Co-produced by: Thirteen/WNET Co-produced by: Kunhardt Productions African American Lives Funded by: Coca-Cola African American Lives Funded by: P&G