Finding Your Roots Curriculum Project

Directors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nina Jablonski (Pennsylvania State University), Fatimah Jackson (Howard University), and Mark D. Shriver (Pennsylvania State University)

This curriculum project is rooted in Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s popular genealogy series on PBS, African American Lives, Faces of America, and most recently, Finding Your Roots. The films explore American history through the personal stories of highly accomplished Americans of all ethnicities using cutting-edge genetic investigation and genealogical research. This project will equip teachers and students with the tools to discover their own family trees and genetic ancestry, with the larger aim of stimulating long-term interest in education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Pilot programs are in development for students at both the middle school and college levels, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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