Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness Premiering Tonight on Independent Lens on PBS

Posted on February 2, 2010
"Herskovits 'was one of the most important people you've never heard of... But when it comes to the topic of African-American cultural history, he's at the center of the debate.'" - The Jewish Week Who has the authority to define your identity? Considered one of the most controversial scholars of our time, Melville Herskovits -- a Jewish anthropologist -- challenged the norm in the 1940s when he wrote that black culture wasn't pathological, it was African. Leading a seismic shift in the way African American culture is understood, Herskovits's work raises ideas that still challenge us today. Herskovits premieres tonight, February 2, at 10:00 PM on Independent Lens on PBS (check local listings). This month, Independent Lens concludes its Music Month celebration with a powerful new documentary P-Star Rising. Watch a preview and listen to musical hits featured in or inspired by the music month films >>

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