Faces of America debuts in February. The Root has obtained clips from the program that will be posted on this site throughout Black History Month. These excerpts are from Gates’ interview with the host of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert.
The Root’s editor-in-chief, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., is launching a new PBS show that builds on the success of his African-American Lives, a series that traced the ancestry of famous black Americans. His new series, Faces of America, uses the same potent combination of traditional genealogical research and advanced DNA techniques to explore the immigrant origins of 12 famous Americans. The Root has obtained clips from the program that will be posted on this site throughout Black History Month. These excerpts are from Gates’ interview with Queen Noor, the widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan. The queen was born in the United States but is great-granddaughter of an immigrant from Syria.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks to the Columbia Provost about defanging the "stereotype threat," changing white colleagues' attitudes and "hypnotizing" black people. The interview is the second in a series conducted under the auspices of the Du Bois Review: Social Science on Race, a bi-annual journal housed at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.
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