Mustafa Oz arrived in Cleveland in June 1955, unable to speak English and without a friend or family member to guide him. Like most immigrants, his integration relied on the distinctly American magnanimity of strangers.
While Crowley claimed that there was 'no tension' at the table, pictures of the event speak volumes: where Gates appears to be attentive and listening, Sgt. Crowley seems perturbed, slightly above it all, put upon.
Believing that the triumph of American democracy is its melting pot, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been busy tracing the genes of some prominent Americans, among them Mario Batali, Eva Longoria and Yo-Yo Ma.