The genealogies of black folk

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the genealogy of more famous (and one non-famous) black people in African American Lives 2 on PBS. I watched the first series last year and was riveted by his exploration of the documentary record and DNA to uncover the family histories of people like Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones.

The second series premiered last Wednesday. Check your local listings to find a replay of the first 2 hours and don’t miss the last 2 hours this Wednesday. It’s fascinating stuff and deeply affecting.

See the impact on Chris Rock when he discovers his great-great grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman fought for the Union after 21 years as a slave in this clip. Now multiply that times 12 to get a sense of how amazing this program is.

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Comment by Tiffany
2008-02-09 14:07:42

I LOVE this show, especially because one of the people’s ancestors is from my home county. I’ll have to set the DVR.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-02-09 16:29:58

Oh cool! Which of the people is your countyperson?

 
 
Comment by Tiffany
2008-02-09 21:01:34

Dr. Ben Carson–the neurosurgeon. You can read about my reaction to this in my archives on my blog–. Tarhar. And sorry if my tags don’t work!

 
Comment by Tiffany
2008-02-09 21:02:52

Ok, I don’t think my tags worked–it’s the 02/06/2006 entry, if you’re interested.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-02-09 22:06:35

Holy crap you went to Copeland High in Copeland City! That’s awesome.

 
 
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