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Season 11, Episode 12 Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

First Aired: February 2, 2010

The story of anthropologist Melville Herskovits (1895-1963), whom Harvard professor Vincent Brown calls "the Elvis of African-American studies." The son of Jewish immigrants, Herskovits founded the nation's first major African studies program at Northwestern, wrote influential books, and broke new ground in his studies of cultural identity and black culture. The doc also explores who has the right to define another's identity, and makes use of archival footage, animation and expert interviews.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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