Surprising

New: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s In Search of Our Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s In Search of Our Roots traces the family trees of African American celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Chris Rock, in part to reclaim the familial histories that were broken and erased by slavery. Gates Jr.’s research often yield surprises: Rock had a 19th century ancestor who served as a South Carolina legislature and Gates Jr. discovered that he himself was, in fact, half white.