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Henry Louis Gates Jr

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Henry Louis S. Gates Jr
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Brother: Dr. Paul Edward Gates, DDS - Oral Surgeon - Nicknamed "Rocky" by his mother - Graduated from West Virginia University in 1970 - Lived in New Jersey around 1979 - Works in the Bronx in NYC - has a wife named Gemina.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was born as Louis Smith Gates on September 16, 1950 in Keyser, West Virginia to Henry Louis Gates, Sr., and Pauline Augusta Coleman. His family is descended from the Yorubi nation of Benin. The name "Smith" had come due to his mother's promise to a girlfriend. While playing touch football at the age of 14, Henry was injured, fracturing the ball and socket joint in his hip. The doctor misdiagnosed, calling it psychosomatic instead, so that when the physical damage did finally heal, his right leg was two inches shorter than his left.

Louis always felt that having the name "Smith" denied him his birthright. He legally changed his name in 1979, before his marriage, to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry is is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Not only that, he has also created 13 documentaries, authored 16 books, written innumerable articles and is a literary scholar, filmmaker, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder.

As if that wasn't enough (!) Mr. Gates also serves as editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com while also overseeing the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field. He's hosted several PBS mini-series and his six-part PBS documentary series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross", tracing 500 years of African American history, earned the 2013 Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award. Season two of his genealogical series "Finding Your Roots" is set to air in fall of 2014.

Henry Gates has been the recipient of 53 honorary degrees and numerous academic and social action awards. He was listed in Time among its "25 Most Influential Americans" in 1997 and Ebony magazine listed him among its "100 Most Influential Black Americans" in 2005. In 2010, Gates became the first African American to have his genome fully sequenced.


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On 29 Nov 2017 at 12:07 GMT Dash Dwyer wrote:

I just noticed that 2 of his parents shared ancestors with the last name of Redman. His parents were 4th cousins. They both share 3rd great grandparents John Redman (Redman-1429) and Sarah Day (Day-5585).

On 20 Feb 2017 at 17:32 GMT Lois (McBride) Haywood wrote:

Mr. Gates "Finding Your Roots" show taught me a few things about genealogy. His knowledge of genealogy is commendable.

Queen Elizabeth II Henry Louis is 22 degrees from Barbara Bush, 27 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 34 degrees from Kenneth Evans and 25 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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