May 26, 2011
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s passion for genealogy manifested itself in four PBS series. It brought such enormous satisfaction that we at The Root wanted to perform a public service and help the readers find their roots as well. Send your questions to tracingyourroots.com.
by Henry Louis Gates Jr. onMay 26, 2011
In this excerpt from African-American Lives, the comic is moved to tears when he learns about an ancestor who fought for the freedom of other slaves and, against terrible odds, became a state legislator at age 24.
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