Focusing on Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru, the series explores the influence of Africans on Latin America. On his journey, Professor Gates discovers a shared legacy of colonialism, slavery and people marked by African roots. What is the legacy of African culture in Latin America? How does it differ from nation to nation? How differently do these countries understand race? How do they do racism or color-blindness?
Haiti and the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided
Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, he tells the story of the birth of the first-ever Black republic.
Cuba: The Next Revolution
In Cuba, Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported in the 19th century.
Brazil: A Racial Paradise?
In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.
Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet
In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of Black people brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries.
“Pride in race is the antidote to prejudice.”
- Auturo Alfonso Schomburg, Afro-Puerto Rican historian whose collection form the basis for the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.
Photo: Afro-Peruvian Dance Company