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By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Greater than thirty-five years after the dying of Martin Luther King, Jr., american citizens ask yourself simply how a lot of his dream has come precise. Now well known pupil and long island occasions bestselling writer Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the spectacular social and monetary trip African american citizens have made because the civil rights period. utilizing the interviews he carried out for his groundbreaking PBS sequence, Professor Gates introduces us to forty-four contributors from each section of the African-American community-from Maya Angelou and Morgan Freeman to convict "Eric Edwards" and a unmarried mom on Chicago's South aspect. of their personal candid, deeply felt phrases, every one discusses what it capacity to be African American within the twenty-first century: the thrill, the issues, the perils. jointly, they display a neighborhood united via reminiscence and tradition but divided by means of wealth and shortage of opportunity...in an the US nonetheless suffering to make sure precise equality for all.

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