African American Lives
In season two, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. guides an all-new group - poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, college administrator Kathleen Henderson, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, radio host Tom Joyner, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, comedian Chris Rock and rock 'n' roll legend Tina Turner - on a journey to discover their ancestry. The 4-part series draws on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineages of the participants down through US history and back to Africa.
African American Lives Previous Broadcasts
We Come From People (Episode #203)
KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 -- 4:00 AM
This episode reveals stories of participants' ancestors during the early years of the United States. It examines the extraordinary life of Morgan Freeman's great-grandmother, unearthed within the records of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration; and Peter Gomes's ancestors, who were freed and supported by Quaker families in Virginia in the late 1700s.
The Past Is Another Country (Episode #204)
KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 -- 5:00 AM
The final hour examines a groundbreaking study linking Professor Gates to a powerful medieval Irish warlord and evidence that Peter Gomes's direct paternal line traces back to a Portuguese Jew who fled the country in the early 1500s to escape the Inquisition.