Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Hutchins Center Executive Committee
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor...

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New York Times

New York Times: ‘We Were Always Men’ by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

April 13, 2020

Writing in The New York Times 150 years ago this April 11, Frederick Douglass celebrated the ratification of the 15th Amendment, which at long last banned racial discrimination in voting nationwide. He hailed the extension of the franchise to all eligible African-American men as a “revolution.”

“We were always men,” he wrote. “Now we are citizens and men among men.”

NYT

New York Times: "The ‘Lost Cause’ That Built Jim Crow" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

November 8, 2019
Joe Biden launched his presidential bid back in April with a bold defense of the principle that “all men are created equal,” a principle he rightly argued that, from Thomas Jefferson on, “we haven’t always lived up to.” But, Mr. Biden added, this is a principle “we have never before walked away from,” and that’s where he went wrong.
Henry Louis Gates Tribune Award

Chicago Tribune: 'Henry Louis Gates Jr. accepts Tribune Literary Award'

November 3, 2019
Henry Louis Gates Jr. appeared at the Chicago Humanities Festival Sunday to accept the Tribune’s 2019 Literary Award, recognizing his lifetime of accomplishment as a literary critic, historian and filmmaker. Gates is a fixture of American culture, a Harvard professor who’s dedicated his career to chronicling African American life and the beloved creator of the PBS genealogy series “Finding Your Roots.” He’s even a hologram on the new HBO series “Watchmen.” But the audience at Sunday’s program got a glimpse of Gates’s genius for conversation.
Vineyard Gazette

Vineyard Gazette: Union Chapel Dedication Proves the Enduring Power of the Pew

August 29, 2019
On Jan. 6, 1961, U.S District Court Judge W. A. Bootle ordered the immediate admission of two black students to the University of Georgia, ending 160 years of segregation at the school. Henry Louis Gates Jr., now the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, was 10 years old when he saw the event play out on television.
John Lewis

Washington Post: 'John Lewis’s tears over ancestor’s voter card stir emotions in Democratic caucus'

June 12, 2019
Rep. John Lewis and several of his Democratic colleagues broke down in tears during a closed-door meeting Tuesday after a historian described the congressman’s reaction when he saw his great-great-grandfather’s voter registration card for the first time.

The House Democratic caucus invited Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr., who heads the Hutchins Center for African...

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The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Seventh Class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the  W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, has announced the 2019-2020 class of fellows.

“We are happy to welcome one of our most distinguished and exciting cohorts of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” says Gates. “We look forward to an extraordinary range of artistic and scholarly work next academic year. Afro-Asian solidarity, the erotics of race, Indo-...

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Stony the Road

NPR: 'In 'Stony The Road,' Henry Louis Gates Jr. Looks At The Period After Reconstruction'

April 3, 2019
Gates' book is a fascinating social and intellectual history of the time between Reconstruction and the rise of the Jim Crow period of American history. It's an absorbing and necessary look at an era in which the hard-fought gains of African-Americans were rolled back by embittered Southern whites — an era that, in some ways, has never really ended.

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