Condoleezza Rice's Sobering Past
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shared stories of her childhood in racially turbulent 1960s Birmingham, Ala., and learned about her great-grandmother's European roots and slavery-era past on PBS's Finding Your Roots, hosted by The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"Julia, 4 years old, $450," Rice reads from a slavery-era document found during Gates' investigation. "My great-grandmother was worth $450? The humanization, just property.” Rice's great-grandmother would live to be emancipated.
Watch some of what Gates found below. Also, be sure to catch the full episode on Sunday, April 29, at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT on PBS.
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