Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Ruby Bridges

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Ruby Bridges

FLE – In this Aug. 7, 2013 file photo, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, left, and civil rights icon Ruby Bridges take part in a panel discussion on “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” during the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Slavery in the United States was a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Gates, who examines both its success and shame in “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a new PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)