Genetics, Genealogy, and History
Within the twisting strands of our DNA lie clues to where our family lines originated in Africa as well as to the migratory routes our ancient ancestors took after leaving the African continent thousands of years ago. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is at the forefront of the emerging field of genetic genealogy, which has untapped potential for interesting new ways of teaching biology, geography, and history, including the African diaspora.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is one of our most important public intellectuals and the recipient of many awards. A professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University, Gates is the author of 16 books as well as articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Time. His most recent documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, earned the 2013 Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award. In the fall of 2014, the next season of Finding Your Roots airs on PBS.