This is the week. The long awaited second installment of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s 2006 series “African American Lives.” From the website:
Building on the widespread acclaim of African American Lives (2006) and Oprah’s Roots (2007), AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 again journeys deep into ancestry of an all-new group of remarkable individuals, offering an in-depth look at the African-American experience and race relations throughout U.S. history. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns as series host, guiding genealogical investigations down through the 20th century, Reconstruction, slavery and early U.S. history, and presenting cutting-edge genetic analysis that locates participants’ ancestors in Africa, Europe and America. Joining Professor Gates in the new broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio personality Tom Joyner, comedian Chris Rock, music legend Tina Turner, and college administrator Kathleen Henderson, who was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to have her family history researched and DNA tested alongside the series’ well-known guests.
The first installment is scheduled for this Wednesday the 6th. Check the PBS website for program times and dates in your area.
I encourage everyone to mark your calendars for this one – there is something for everyone who researches their family history. The research techniques and processes are universal. You get to see how the “pros” perform research and as a bonus – information on DNA research.