Culture and ideas passed throughout the Black Atlantic and continue to inflect our traditions. In New Orleans, Louisiana, men celebrating Mardi Gras today enact a tradition that is a living connection to Haiti and the Haitian refugees who arrived in New Orleans in 1819. This video is an excerpt from Episode One, The Black Atlantic, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.Premiere Date: October 22, 2013 | Runtime: 00:02:09
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This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to todaywhen America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.