Finding Your Roots

For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.

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Major corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Six is provided by Ancestry, Johnson & Johnson and AT&T. Major support is also provided by the Ford Foundation, Candace King Weir, the Lloyd Carney Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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Italian Roots

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Jimmy Kimmel, Marisa Tomei, and John Turturro meet ancestors who made immense sacrifices.



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Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Harold E. Varmus learn their family histories.

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