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Wednesday, February 10 at 8 p.m. – Faces of America

(Rochester, NY) What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new three-part PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premiering Wednesday, February 10 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Building on the success of his series African American Lives and African American Lives 2, Professor Gates turns again to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 11 renowned Americans.

Looking to the wider immigrant experience, Professor Gates unravels the American tapestry, following the threads of his guests’ lives back to their origins around the globe. Along the way, the many stories he uncovers — of displacement and homecoming, of material success and dispossession, of assimilation and discrimination — illuminate the American experience. Professor Gates’ guests include poet Elizabeth Alexander, who composed and read the poem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, writer Malcolm Gladwell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, film director Mike Nichols, Her Royal Highness Queen Noor, actress Eva Longoria, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

Faces of America is part of WXXI's special programming in honor of Black History Month. Throughout February WXXI-TV and Radio will present a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the African-American experience. For a complete list of programs, and to learn more, visit WXXI.org/bh.

 Pictured: Henry Louis Gates Jr. with chef Mario Batali
Credit: Credit: Joseph Sinnott


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