Henry Louis Gates – Let’s face it – think of…

Let’s face it – think of Africa, and the first images that come to mind are…


“Let’s face it – think of Africa, and the first images that come to mind are of war, poverty, famine and flies. How many of us really know anything at all about the truly great ancient African civilizations, which in their day, were just as splendid and glorious as any on the face of the earth?”
-Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates – Patriotism is best exemplified through…

Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique. When you’re willing to stand up within the…


“Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique. When you’re willing to stand up within the group and say, ‘It is wrong for Black people to be anti-Semitic,’ or ‘It is wrong for America to discriminate against persons of African descent and made them slaves and based its wealth upon free labor,’ it’s crucial to say that.”
-Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates – You can say I had…

You can say I had a severe case of ‘Roots’ envy. I wanted to be…


“You can say I had a severe case of ‘Roots’ envy. I wanted to be like Alex Haley, and I wanted to be able to… do my family tree back to the slave ship and then reverse the Middle Passage, as I like to put it, and find the tribe or ethnic group that I was from in Africa.”
-Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates – I first learned that there…

I first learned that there were black people living in some place called other than…


“I first learned that there were black people living in some place called other than the United States in the western hemisphere when I was a very little boy, and my father told me that when he was a boy about my age, he wanted to be an Episcopal priest, because he so admired his priest, a black man from someplace called Haiti.”
-Henry Louis Gates