Popular American artist Norman Rockwell painted this 1963 image of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old who integrated a New Orleans public school in 1960. Bridges' story is featured in the PBS series, "The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." (Courtesy photo)
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PBS television producer Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s 13th series begins Tuesday, Oct. 22, when the first of his six-hour, six-part “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” airs on PBS stations.