PBS To Investigate ‘Roots’ Censorship

PBS and WNET are investigating Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s decision to censor his celebrity-genealogy series Finding Your Roots after getting a request from Ben Affleck that the program not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor. Affleck has expressed regret for seeking to have the information omitted from the episode that featured the actor and aired last October.

Affleck, PBS Under Fire For Censoring ‘Roots’ Ep.

PBS Traces Five Centuries Of Black History

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is a new PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history. The series starts with what host Henry Louis Gates Jr. deems a downright scoop. It turns out the very first African to come to North America was a free man accompanying Spanish explorers who arrived in Florida in 1513.