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Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

My Father's Silence, a Kind of Grace

Heidi W. Durrow | Posted 01.12.2013 | Black Voices
Heidi W. Durrow

I was about 10-years-old when I tried to read Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning book, Roots.

Ground-Breaking Actress Leslie Uggams On Six Decades Of Performing

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 10.02.2012 | Fifty
Dustin Fitzharris

"This career has been so wonderful to me. I've gotten to meet people. I've gotten to travel all over the world. I'm doing what I love to do, and I've been managing to do it since I was 9 years old."

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

Son Of Malcolm X's Biographer Seeks Letter At Syracuse University

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 07.29.2012 | Black Voices

ALBANY, N.Y. — The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about hi...

Public Academic: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Follows Alex Haley's Roots

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Admiring the television series Roots as a boy, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores a passion for genetics and genealogies in a new PBS series, Finding Your Roots, to start this Sunday.

Roots and the Revolution to End Slavery In America

Robert J. Benz | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Benz

ABC's Roots bridges a sizable knowledge gap to help us comprehend the institution of slavery that had existed in this country since 1619.