Elizabeth Alexander talks about her father, Clifford Alexander, Jr. and his role in quelling violence after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Elizabeth Alexander talks about her family's accomplishments, and how they may (or may not) relate to what Henry Louis Gates, Jr. revealed about her ancestry.
Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, professor and current chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University. A graduate of Yale and Boston University, she holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, Dr. Alexander was selected to compose and read a poem at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.