African American Lives 2

Premiered February 2008

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets with influential African American figures, like Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock and Maya Angelou, to piece together their genealogy and disclose captivating facts about their ancestors. Genealogical detective work, DNA analysis and the study of historical documents fills in the gaps of history and reveals emotional tales of African American heritage and survival.

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Video thumbnail: African American Lives 2 Maya Angelou Learns an Unknown History of Her Family

African American Lives 2

Maya Angelou Learns an Unknown History of Her Family

Maya Angelou learns an formerly buried portion of her family history.

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Maya Angelou Learns an Unknown History of Her Family

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Video thumbnail: African American Lives 2 Maya Angelou Reflects on Her Mende Heritage

African American Lives 2

Maya Angelou Reflects on Her Mende Heritage

Renowned Poet Maya Angelou recalls learning about her Mende Heritage.

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Maya Angelou Reflects on Her Mende Heritage

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Video thumbnail: African American Lives 2 Maya Angelou Speaks About Her Grandfather

African American Lives 2

Maya Angelou Speaks About Her Grandfather

Poet and author Maya Angelou speaks about her grandfather.

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Maya Angelou Speaks About Her Grandfather

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Video thumbnail: African American Lives 2 Maya Angelou Speaks About Her Grandmother

African American Lives 2

Maya Angelou Speaks About Her Grandmother

Poet and author Maya Angelou speaks about her grandmother, Kentucky Shannon.

Maya Angelou Speaks About Her Grandmother

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