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Linda Chavez’s Pueblo Ancestors

Political analyst Linda Chavez learns about her ancestors who were Pueblo. Watch Finding Your Roots video. Continue reading …

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Adrian Grenier, Michelle Rodriguez, and Linda Chavez

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of actor Adrian Grenier, actress Michelle Rodriguez, and commentator Linda Chavez. Watch the full Finding Your Roots episode. Episode credits.

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Michelle Rodriguez’s Puerto Rican Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. finds some surprising connections when he traces actress Michelle Rodriguez’s Puerto Rican roots. Watch Finding Your Roots video.

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Adrian Grenier’s Conquistador Ancestor

Actor Adrian Grenier learns about about his Conquistador ancestor who had terribly violent interactions with Pueblo Indians. Watch Finding Your Roots video.

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John Legend’s Unique Family History

Each family story is unique, and each of these stories contributes to our greater understanding of humanity. Finding these stories and sharing them with my guests is the most rewarding aspect of making these documentary series. This is particularly true … Continue reading …

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John Legend and Wanda Sykes

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of musician John Legend and comedian Wanda Sykes. Watch the full Finding Your Roots episode. Continue reading …

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Suing for Freedom

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. learns about a friend’s great, great, great grandmother, an 18th-century slave who sued her master for her own freedom. Watch video. Continue reading …

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Condoleezza Rice and the Complexities of Race

Last summer, in August 2010, I gave a presentation on genealogy and genetics to the board of directors of the Aspen Institute at our annual board meeting. After showing a clip from our previous PBS series, Faces of America, I … Continue reading …

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DNA and Deep Family Mysteries

For some, these deeper family mysteries take on an additional dimension that goes far beyond curiosity — knowing who that great-great-grandfather was would fill in a critical gap in their understanding of who they are. Continue reading …

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Children Keep Going

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice remembers the September 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church which killed four young black girls. Rice was 9 years old at the time of the bombing. Watch video from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Continue reading …

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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