Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates Will Live Stream Talk On Racial ‘Fault Line’

Barry Pines

American Fault Line: Race And The American Ideal—Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be streamed live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 16, with newly announced moderator Michel Martin, weekend host of National Public Radio’s news program All Things Considered, BAM announced today. Both speakers have documentary films dealing with race that will be presented by the Public Broadcasting Service: Burns’ Jackie Robinson and Gates’ Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise.

The event, open to the public, will take place at BAM’s main stage, the Howard Gilman Opera House. It continues a discussion about race in America that began in Charleston, SC, in December and continues in Austin at SXSW on March 12 and Washington, D.C., on March 14 before coming to Brooklyn. Jackie Robinson will have its premiere on April 11 and 12, while Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise will be shown in the fall. Information on tickets and viewing the live stream will be available at

“The only thing more exciting than an opportunity to speak in the Opera House at BAM is to have that conversation streamed nationally so people throughout the country can participate,” Burns said in the announcement. “This is an extraordinary moment in our country’s history right now related to how we deal with issues around race. It is important that we all contribute to this conversation. I’m honored to join my good friend, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., at BAM to share our thoughts.”

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