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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Advisory Board Member

Henry Louis Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. He is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. Professor Gates earned his B.A. from Yale University, and his M.A. and PhD. from the University of Cambridge (UK). He is an Honorary Trustee of American Ancestors/NEHGS.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr,

Gates has produced and hosted an array of documentary films. The Black Church (PBS) and Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (HBO), which he executive produced, each received Emmy nominations. His latest history series for PBS is Making Black America: Through the Grapevine. Finding Your Roots, Gates’s groundbreaking genealogy and genetics series, has completed its ninth season on PBS and will return for a tenth season in 2024.