Africa’s Great Civilizations Screening and Panel Discussion

In his new six-hour series, Africa’s Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal 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.

Sherri Camp, Genealogy Librarian

Sherri Camp, Genealogy Librarian

Your library’s genealogy librarian, Sherri Camp, is excited to share the word about this new series. Camp is an expert in African American genealogy, and president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), a national organization committed to studying the history of all ethnic groups, with a particular focus on African Americans.

“My love is ancient history, specifically African,” Camp said. “This program is new and adds to the culture of African American’s identity.”

Check out the home page for the series at to get more info on the series and watch a trailer.

Africa’s Great Civilizations on PBS

Henry Louis Gates at Your Library

Miranda is your Readers Librarian. She loves to talk books, and to connect readers with their next great reads. Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop and Great Writers Right Here author fair. Miranda also facilitates TALK book discussions, co-leads the BookBites book discussion group, and serves as a member of the library's Top City Reads Together team.