Prof. Gates Encourages Families to Learn About Their Ancestry, in Connection with AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2
Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will act as a PBS Parents Guest Expert during February in connection with the broadcast of AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 on PBS. Prof. Gates will offer suggestions for how parents and caregivers can introduce family history and a love of ancestry to children.
"When kids research their family histories they are doing so much more than just finding out who they are related to. It's a great way to connect to family, particularly grandparents. Listening to their grandparents' stories about life long ago teaches kids about history in a very personal way and helps them see how they fit in. This is the best kind of hands-on learning," said Jean Crawford, Director, PBS Parents.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. Gates currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
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ABOUT "AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2"
The critically acclaimed PBS broadcasts AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) and OPRAH'S ROOTS (2007) shined a national spotlight on the powerful process of discovering one's family history. In February 2008 on PBS, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide an all-new group - poet Maya Angelou, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio host Tom Joyner and rock 'n' roll legend Tina Turner - on a journey to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The new four-part series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineages of the participants down through U.S. history and back to Africa.
In a unique twist to AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2, one ordinary individual, selected from more than 2,000 applicants, will join Professor Gates and this distinguished group on the life-changing quest for their roots.
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