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Press Release: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Returns September 23, 2014

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Donna Williams, WNET, 212.560.8030
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Acclaimed PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET for its Second Season

This season’s 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 29 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs, and media personalities, including: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Khandi Alexander, Tom Colicchio, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King, Nas, Anna Deavere Smith, Sting, and Courtney B. Vance

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from was at the core of the first season of the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  In the second, 10-part season, Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues his journey into the past to illuminate the familial histories of 29 of today’s most recognizable names in sports, music, film, television, theatre, and literature.  Filmed on location around the world, season two of Finding Your Roots, premieres nationally Tuesdays, September 23rd – November 25th at 8 p.m. ET on PBS(check local listings).

The premiere of the second season of Finding Your Roots comes on the heels of Professor Gates’ Peabody Award-winning PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which debuted in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim.  In each hour-long episode of the second season of Finding Your Roots, Gates continues his quest to, as he says, “get into the DNA of American culture.”  By weaving a group of celebrity stories together, each episode takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history, uncovering familial secrets and sharing life-altering discoveries that ultimately reveal an intimate bond that links each individual’s story together.

“We hope that viewers will find Finding Your Roots to be a moving, uplifting, entertaining and enlightening experience,” says Gates. “Genealogy is more popular than ever, but it’s far more than a solitary pastime. It’s a fascinating endeavor that alters both the way we think about historical events (because of our ancestors’ roles in those events) and the way we think of ourselves.”

You can read the rest of the official press release online here! 

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Press Materials: pbs.org/pressroom or thirteen.org/pressroom
Website: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FindingYourRootsPBS

  • minkyadu

    Superb Series, no one does this work better than Dr. Gates. Im catching with Bassett, Nas, and Valerie. I was wondering if Nas and the Little family was related to Malcom X who also had the surname Little. I love the Book of Life. where can we purchase makes such a wonderful gift.

    • @minkyadu – I agree wholeheartedly that this is a FABULOUS series and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it!! Good question! It does make wonder if her has a Malcolm X connection — very well could be!

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