Africa’s Great Civilizations series (PBS) is available from the Library’s Films on Demand database. [Scroll down to Video & Film, or choose Films on Demand from the A to Z list.]

“Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.”

Titles in the series include:

  • Part 1 – Origins
  • Part 2 – The Crescent and the Cross
  • Part 3 – Empires of Gold
  • Part 4 – Cities
  • Part 5 – The Atlantic Age
  • Part 6 – Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Films on Demand is available 24/7 to current BSC students, faculty, and staff. Check it out and learn more about the rich civilizations of Africa.

Image source: Britannica ImageQuest (another BSC Library database). True-colour satellite image of Africa (May 25, 2016)