John Legend's Path to Freedom
Who knew that an archived last will and testament held the key to singer John Legend's ancestral past? Legend sat down with The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., on his PBS show Finding Your Roots to unearth the mysteries of his slave relatives -- two of whom were bequeathed the gift of a lifetime: freedom.
"Even in the depths of this awful institution, these are still human beings," Legend said after the reveal. "I think spending enough time around slaves, [slave owners] realize that they're human beings. too. I think [the man who freed my ancestors] grew to love them, probably. So he looked at them as family."
Watch a clip of Legend on Finding Your Roots below. Catch the full episode to find out all of Gates' findings on Sunday, May 13, at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT on PBS.
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