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Origins/The Cross and the Crescent

AFRICA'S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS: Origins/The Cross and the Crescent


Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., brings to life the epic stories of both celebrated and little-known African kingdoms and cultures.


Journey with Dr. Gates to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.


The Cross and the Crescent
Dr. Gates charts the ancient rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic & cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.