iOS app Android app

Henry Louis Gates

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...

Four Months of Celebrity Roots on Air in 2012

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.10.2012 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

For genealogy buffs and those who just can't get enough of celebrities, there's plenty of cause to celebrate in 2012 as there will be four solid months of famous roots on air.

New Book By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Looks At African-American Icons

www.counterpunch.org | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices

Considering the cynicism many of us feel about the current state of American education, at least with the curriculum there is one vast improvement fro...

Bill Gates: Education Can Be Reformed Before Poverty Is Eliminated

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

BOSTON — Microsoft founder Bill Gates told the National Urban League on Thursday that a child's success should not depend on the race or income ...

6 Degrees of Separation: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon Are Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.17.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Kyra Sedgwick describes the discovery that she and her husband Kevin Bacon are 10th cousins once-removed as "a little upsetting," but it shouldn't be. Here's why.

The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

Gaston Caperton | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

There is an education crisis facing young men of color. It's not on the front page of the newspaper, but it's out there, and if we fail to address this crisis together, the education level of the entire American workforce will decline for the first time in our history.

Genealogy on TV

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

There's no question that 2010 was a banner year for roots lovers, but indications are that it's only going to get better.

Harriet Wilson's Sunday School

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.31.2012 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The author of the first novel published by a black woman in the U.S. was also a leader of the Spiritualist movement that sought guidance from the dead.

The Black Magi And Other Black Figures In European Christmas Art

theroot.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Over the centuries, European artists depicted a variety of religious figures as black, most notably one of the Three Kings, or Magi, bearing gifts for...

Henry Louis Gates Interviews Isabel Wilkerson About Her Book On America's Great Migration (VIDEO)

TheRoot.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Isabel Wilkerson spent 10 years and interviewed more than 1,500 people to write The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration,...

Faces of America: The Yamaguchi Story -- How an Immigrant Farmer Paved the Way for Success

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tatsuichi Yamaguchi did not have the option to do anything else with his life -- all he knew was farming. But he refused to be broken by his experience, and he paved the way for his children's and his grandchildren's success.

Faces of America: Mehmet Oz and the Immigrant Story Pedigree

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.

Faces of America: The True Dichotomy of Eva Longoria

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

It is the curious relation among the histories of cultures, families, and individuals that makes the assembly of our virtual families so endlessly fascinating. Here, we examine Eva Longoria.

A Teachable Moment

Arthur Goldwag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arthur Goldwag

From Tom Vilsack's press conference yesterday: I've learned a lot of lessons from this experience in the last couple of days. And one of the les...

Henry Louis Gates Arrest 'Avoidable,' Report Says

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS and MARK PRATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A black Harvard scholar and the white police sergeant who arrested him last July after a confrontation outside his home both ...

Con Games: Black Like Thee With Spike, Skip, and Barack

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Even so the walls they are a'fallin', and there is even more persuasive evidence as to our common racial bonds coming from the strangest of places: Spike Lee and Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Paul Farmer, And Other Harvard Profs Suggest Summer Reading Picks For Undergrads

The Harvard Crimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

While most high school students are assigned a list of books to read over the summer, undergraduates aren't required to do much at all during the summ...

Sgt. Crowley Still Doesn't Get It

Mario Ruiz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Ruiz

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.

Reparations: Is President Obama Duping the African-American Community?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dexter Rogers

If President Obama can quietly provide Filipino soldiers and Native Americans back pay for their mistreatment why can't he produce dollars for African-Americans?

Pardon You: Racism, Reparations and the Politics of Blame (as Explained by Henry Louis Gates Jr.)

Tim Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Wise

The claim for reparations is not merely rooted in assigning blame for an injustice. It is rooted in the belief that enslavement of African peoples led to the unjust enrichment of the West.

Short takes: 3D, yogurt, celebrity genealogy and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Things that have been bugging me lately but which aren't worth an entire post: Why is it that the first thing a 3D film does to establish its, well, ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Donates Handcuffs To Smithsonian Black History Museum

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he he's donated the handcuffs used on him during his arrest last year outside his home t...

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s Genes

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

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.