America Behind The Color Line by Henry Louis Gates
Dialogues with African Americans

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Renowned scholar and "New York Times" bestselling author Gates delivers a stirring and authoritative companion to the major new PBS documentary "America Behind the Color Line." The book includes thought-provoking essays from Colin Powell, Morgan Freeman, Russell Simmons, Vernon Jordan, Alicia Keys, Bernie Mac, and Quincy Jones.
 

About Henry Louis Gates

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. The author of numerous books, including the American Book Award-winning The Signifying Monkey, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 15, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 476 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Finally he tells each subject what the DNA tells him about the subject’s ancestral lineage, where his ancestors probably lived in the distant past, how they are linked with others on the human family tree and what percentage of the subject’s heritage is European, African or Asian/Native American.

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and once we sit down and they get past whatever color I am, they want to do business with me.” Powell encourages young black people to find a white mentor, for “more and more people in the white community are anxious to help those who are less fortunate.” Colorblindness, at least of a kind, also ...

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It is what links groups of human beings to each other and it is one of many genetic mysteries that motivated Harvard professor Gates to unravel the historical and genetic past of 12 celebrities, artists, and intellectuals in this follow-up to a previous examination of notable African-Americans.

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As the chair of Harvard University's African and African American studies department, Gates has long been a leading figure in that discipline.

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