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A PBS series explores 5 centuries of Black history

Henry Louis Gates Jr., left, executive producer of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, center, and civil rights icon Ruby Bridges take part in a panel discussion on the show at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Frazier Moore AP Television Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gates thinks the more direct way for structural change is through schools and their curriculum. That’s what he’s hoping will happen with “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-hour PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of Black history. “To tell the whole sweep of African-American history — no one’s tried to do that. That was what we were crazy enough to do,” Gates said in an interview on Wednesday.