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Encarta Africana From Microsoft

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, January 28, 1999

A rich new CD ROM that tells the story of the black world and its people. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It was a dream that dates back 90 years. But W. E. B. Du Bois, the leading African-American intellectual of this century, was never able to produce an encyclopedia of Africana. As a student, it became the dream of Henry Louis Gates Jr.. Today, Dr. Gates is chairman of Afro-American Studies at Harvard...and the dream is a reality on CD ROM. Encarta Africana from Microsoft...

"Welcome to Encarta Africana. My name is Henry Louis Gates Jr. and this is my friend Kwame Anthony Appiah, who happens to be also my colleague here at Harvard University."

The CD ROM uses text, images, sound and video to bring the vibrant history of the black people, to life...

"My kids, who are 18 and 16 think that 1957 is the civil war in terms of their chronology. So we can show them the children going through all those racists surrounded by National Guard integrating Central High School. The day Nelson Mandela walked out of prison, we can show that. How about Willie Mays making the famous over the head basket catch in the 1954 World Series. It's on there."

And much more. Encarta Africana is in stores now. You can find more information at africana.com