Finding Oprah’s Roots will not only endow readers with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history’s unsung but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own past. A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, the book also highlights genetic testing resources that can make it possible to know one’s distant tribal roots in Africa. For Oprah, the path back to the past was emotion-filled and profoundly illuminating, connecting the narrative of her family to the larger American narrative and “anchoring” her in a way not previously possible. For the reader, Finding Oprah’s Roots offers the possibility of an equally rewarding experience.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
About Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. is an educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Yale College and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
WINNER 2008 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age