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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Emmy award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, and journalist

Reconstruction and Voter Suppression


Sept. 21, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Moderated by Jason Shelton, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and the director of the Center for African American Studies.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-five books and created twenty-three documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, and Africa’s Great Civilizations. Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its seventh season on PBS, has been called “one of the deepest and wisest series ever on television,” leveraging “the inherent entertainment capacity of the medium to educate millions of Americans about the histories and cultures of our nation and the world.” 

Professor Gates’s six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award. His series Reconstruction: America after the Civil War (PBS, 2019) was a winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and his related book, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (Penguin Random House, 2019), a New York Times Notable Book of 2019. Gates’s newest film series is The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (PBS, 2021), and Penguin Random House published a companion book under the same title.