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Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

(Rochester, NY) - The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premieres Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. with the first two episodes airing back-to-back on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African American Lives (2006), African American Lives 2 (2008) and Faces of America (2010), Gates finds new ways to, as he says, “get into the DNA of American culture.” In each hour-long episode, he takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity pair bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises of their family trees and shares life-altering discoveries
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Finding Your Roots will be a moving, uplifting, entertaining and enlightening experience for viewers,” says Gates. “Genealogy is more popular than ever, but it’s far more than a solitary pastime. It’s a fascinating endeavor that can drastically alter both history and the way we think of ourselves.”

Pictured: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joseph Sinnott/(c)WNET

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