Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

From Africa American Lives through the first season of Finding Your Roots, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people identify relatives hidden for generations. Professor Gates employs a team of genealogists and the world’s leading geneticists to uncover the origins of a diverse group of 30 guests.

Finding Your Roots: "Roots of Freedom"

Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 14, 8pm, WGBH 2

Each of the 10 episodes will feature three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden, link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises, and shares life-altering discoveries.

In "Roots of Freedom," these three guests’ families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors.

Ben Affleck’s mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964 and her roots include the 19th-century spiritualist Almon French, who attempted to heal the bereaved masses in the aftermath of the Civil War; NAACP president Ben Jealous learns the heroic story of his great-grandfather Peter G. Morgan, a free black man who was forced to purchase his own wife and family in order to keep them safe; and actress Khandi Alexander, who never knew who her grandfather was, learns that he may have been murdered in the Jim Crow-era South.

Our People, Our Traditions

Our People, Our Traditions

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Examine the Jewish heritage of Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner.

60 min.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Meet three chefs, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez, who cook the food of their ancestors.

60 min.

Roots of Freedom

Roots of Freedom

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Learn how the ancestors of Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Ben Jealous fought for freedom.

60 min.

Our American Storytellers

Our American Storytellers

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Learn how the lives of forebears of Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith intersected.

60 min.

Born Champions

Born Champions

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Examine the ancestral origins of athletes Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo.

60 min.

In Search of Our Fathers

In Search of Our Fathers

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Join Gates to uncover the paternal ancestry of Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance.

60 min.

Schedule

Sunday
11/2/14 3:00 PM
WGBH 2
Sunday
11/2/14 9:00 PM
WGBX 44
Sunday
11/2/14 9:00 PM
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Sunday
11/2/14 10:00 PM
WGBX 44
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