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Tuesday, February 9 at 10 p.m. – Independent Lens "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness"

(Rochester, NY) Using photomontage re-creations, interviews, animation, original field footage and recordings, this film examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits. The controversial Jewish anthropologist’s writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture by insisting that we look at the world through each other’s lives and histories. By Llewellyn Smith and Christine Herbes-Sommers.Independent Lens “Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness ” airs Tuesday, February 9 at 10 p.m on WXXI- TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness is part of WXXI's special programming in honor of Black History Month. Throughout February WXXI-TV and Radio will present a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the African-American experience. For a complete list of programs, and to learn more, visit WXXI.org/bh.

 Pictured: A young Melville Herskovits with Mexican revolutionaries.
Credit: Jean Herskovits Corry Collection/ITVS


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