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What Was Freedom Summer?

The Root | Henry Louis Gates Jr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices

Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 85: Why was the summer of 1964 pivotal in the fight for civil rights? Tomorrow night, you will have an opportunity...

WATCH: Why Many Dominicans Don't See Themselves As Black

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates is no stranger to conversations about black identity. The latest piece of his PBS documentary series -- “Black in Latin America...

Henry Louis Gates' Acclaimed PBS Docu-Series Heads To DVD

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Tirdad Derakhshani | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

The 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States symbolized for some Americans an end to the 500-year history of subjugati...

Steve McQueen And Henry Louis Gates Jr. Talk '12 Years A Slave'

The Root | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

When the creators of a drama that would bring Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave to the big screen needed a historical consultant, Henry Louis Gates...

Saving Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Terrence Stevens Story Featured on PBS

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.24.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.

New Book Highlights Often Forgotten Piece Of Black History

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.19.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — For the debut Bartlett's anthology of black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the ar...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Hopes New Documentary Series Will Change Education System

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.24.2013 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hopes that his latest PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will not only educate the public but also lead to reform in the nation's public school system.

Henry Louis Gates' 'African Americans' Debuts

Posted 10.25.2013 | Black Voices

Last night marked the premiere of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s original PBS documentary "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." The introspecti...

Five Centuries Of African American History

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.23.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Slavery in the United States was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Henry Lou...

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

Obama's Historic Comments on Race Need to be Followed by Bold Action to Ban Racial Profiling

Keith Rushing | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

With a controversial issue, like race, and a power structure that's resistant to change, it takes support and affirmation from people of influence to move the needle.

Gloria Steinem and the Faces of Feminism: MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Makers is a term for all women, whether or not she calls herself a feminist, makes a home, works on a construction crew. She may be the first woman firefighter, first female brigadier general, or first woman orthodox rabbi.

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Is New York Still a Home for Artists? Or My Home... So to Speak?

Kalup Linzy | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

Unlike my early days in New York, I no longer roam the boroughs attending opening after opening, party after party, all night conversations in some random artist loft/apartment/space (the after after party). It sounds great because it was great. It was also more distracting than inspiring.

Adrian Grenier Explores His Latin Heritage

Posted 05.20.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, Henry Louis Gates has investigated what it means to have a range of genealogical history including European and African heritage. This wee...

John Legend Finds His Roots

Posted 05.12.2012 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates has unearthed the family origins of many famous faces, from media legend Barbara Walters, to domestic diva Martha Stewart and even f...

WATCH: Martha Stewart Finds Her Roots

Posted 05.06.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, celebrities make fascinating discoveries about their family history with the help of Henry Louis Gates Jr. On his PBS series "Finding Your...

Skip Gates Helps Samuel L. Jackson Find His Roots

Posted 04.29.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, The Huffington Post Black Voices tells you what Henry Louis Gates has planned on his show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr." ...

Henry Louis Gates Helps Robert Downey Jr. Find His Roots

Posted 04.22.2012 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates Jr. has helped celebrities uncover fascinating aspects of their ancestry, oftentimes discovering things they never knew before. This...

Henry Louis Gates Helps 3 Religious Leaders Find Their Roots

Posted 04.15.2012 | Black Voices

This season on his PBS series, "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," Henry Louis Gates has already helped media legend, Barbara Walters, di...

Henry Louis Gates Helps Kevin Bacon Find His Roots

Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices

Last week, we told you about how renowned Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., helped media legend Barbara Walters uncover aspects of her family ...

Reflections on Trayvon Martin and Racism in New York in the 1980s

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.03.2012 | New York
Robert David Jaffee

I have never forgotten that period of time and hoped that it had faded, that our nation had changed.

WATCH: Henry Louis Gates Helps Barbara Walters Find Her Roots

Posted 04.02.2012 | Black Voices

Renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has helped a number of celebrities discover integral aspects of their family origins, now he's taking...

Gates' 'Finding Your Roots' Debuts New Season

The Washington Post | Posted 03.25.2012 | Black Voices

It wasn't a question of whether his ancestors had been slaves. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a son of the Old South and one of the country's leading civil ...

Diploma Of Harvard's First Black Alum Discovered In Condemned Chicago House

Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

An abandoned home near 75th and Sangamon, on Chicago's South Side, was the unlikely hiding place for an important piece of black history -- the papers...