Reading Rainbow (1983– )

Follow the Drinking Gourd 

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... See full summary »

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LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
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Keith David ... Himself (voice)
Robert M. Watson Robert M. Watson ... African-American Interpreter (as Robert M. Watson Jr.)
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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.

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18 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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