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12.13.2010 | | Posted at 08:07 AM
By David Luhrssen
Dapper and affable, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has become the foremost public spokesman for African American history. With his PBS series �Exploring Our Roots� (out on DVD), Gates begins his genealogical journey with his own people before broadening the scope to include Americans of many backgrounds. Yet in speaking of his people, he confronts a paradox. According to his family tree, Gates is mo...
01.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is perhaps the foremost historian of the African-American experience, both as a scholar and public intellectual. His latest endeavor under the latter heading is to host �African American Lives 2,� premiering 8 p.m., Feb. 6 on MPTV-10. Using family trees of the famous and the less known as a starting point, Gates investigates black life in America over four episodes....