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America Beyond the Color Line

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A four-hour assessment of the state of black America at the beginning of the 21st century, presented by Harvard humanities professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who hosted the 1999 PBS series `Wonders of the African World.'

Premiered: February 3, 2004

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 1, Episode 2 Chicago: Streets of Heaven

First Aired: February 3, 2004

Part 2 of four. Harvard profesor Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the plight of the black underclass as he visits two Chicago housing projects and Cook County Jail. Among the people he meets: a young man who takes home $600 a month working in a fast-food restaurant who tells Gates that he could make $6000 a day selling drugs. “They say it takes a village to raise a child,” Jesse Jackson says. “Sick villages raise sick children.” But when Gates meets with graduates of an inner-city high school, his tone changes. “Education,” he asserts, “is the blackest thing we can do.”