Watch the conversation with Ken Burns, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Michel Martin live here at 8 p.m, Mar. 16.
Tonight at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), join PBS for a conversation with documentarian Ken Burns, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and NPR’s Michel Martin to discuss race, the prevailing political fault line in the U.S. The discussion will examine why race is critical to their understanding of America and their work — plus, how we deal with race today.
The discussion will be complemented with clips from Jackie Robinson, Burns’s forthcoming epic about the impact and legacy of the first black baseball player to play in the major leagues, and Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Gates’ chronicle of the civil rights movement culminating in the election of Obama (Both films will premiere on PBS in 2016).
Both figures have explored how race is part of the American fabric in their work. Burns’s landmark Emmy Award-winning television series The Civil War and Gates’ unprecedented four-part series African American Lives explore not just the role African-Americans have played throughout our history, but also how race, conceptions of race, and ideas about freedom and independence influence our politics and policies. They trace the historical significance of race from abolitionism to civil rights to the war on poverty—and consider what it means to have an African-American president.
Live talk at Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.