The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Featured Interviewees – EPISODE 4

Air date: 10/22/2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Featured Interviewees

Episode Four: Making a Way Out of No Way   (1892 – 1940)

Tuesday, November 12, 8-9 p.m.


Making a Way Out of No Way portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Yet successful black institutions and individuals were always at risk. At the same time, the ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. “The Harlem Renaissance” would not only redefine how America saw African Americans, but how African Americans saw themselves.


Donald Bogle, Film Historian and Professor

Location: New York, NY


Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Location: New York, NY


Paula J. Giddings, Professor of Afro-American Studies, Smith College

Location: Memphis, TN


Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Professor of History and African American Studies, Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA


Hannibal B. Johnson, Author

Location: Tulsa, OK


Peniel E. Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University

Location: Cambridge, MA


David Levering Lewis, Professor of History, New York University

Location: Milan, NY


Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Civil Rights Lawyer, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA


David Pilgrim, Founder and Curator of the Jim Crow Museum

Location: Big Rapids, MI


Patricia Sullivan, Professor of History, University of South Carolina

Location: Cambridge, MA


Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author

Location: The Thurgood Marshall Center, Washington, DC


Tedra Williams, Granddaughter of Wess Young
Location: Tulsa, OK


Wess Young, survivor of Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Location: Tulsa, OK