Reading Rainbow

Season 11 Episode 6

Follow the Drinking Gourd

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Aired Weekdays 2:30 PM Oct 18, 1993 on PBS
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Follow the Drinking Gourd
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LeVar reflects on a time when Africans were brought to America as slaves. He talks about how African-Americans risked their lives for freedom, and discusses how the music from slavery times effected the African culture. Keith David reads the featured story, which explains that the African-American folk song, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," was in fact a coded message to slaves giving them instructions on how to take the Underground Railroad north to states that abolished slavery.moreless

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LeVar Burton

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Tina Fabrik

Tina Fabrik

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