Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the University of Georgia. Photo by the Peabody Awards.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – Life and Work

Click above to learn more about Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his Emmy-award-winning documentary series.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born 16 September, 1950 in Keyser, West Virginia, U.S.A. After studying first at Yale University, then University of Cambridge, he has become one of the world’s most eminent scholars. Though Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has described himself as a literary critic and teacher, his work spans a vast range of topics and mediums. He has written over fifteen books, and created over a dozen films. He has also written for The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The New Yorker. He was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” in 1981. He was also the first African American to be awarded the National Humanities Medal.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where he has been for over twenty years.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – Emmy Award

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. won an Emmy Award, as well as a Peabody Award for his PBS documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. He wrote the series, and was the executive producer and host. He has since gone on to help create the PBS series Finding Your Roots, which explores race, identity, and culture though family genealogy.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Cambridge

After graduating sum cum laude from Yale Unviersity with a BA in English Literature Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traveled to Cambridge to continue his education. He studied at Clare College, University of Cambridge. It was there he received his PhD in English Literature in 1979. The same year he received his PhD he married his wife, Sharon Lynn Adams.

Clare College

Clare College, when Henry Louis Gates, Jr. obtained his PhD in English Literature. Photo by Oxyman.

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