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Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. (born September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia) is an American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has discovered what are considered the first books by African-American writers, both of them women, and has published extensively on appreciating African-American literature as part of the Western canon.

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No one thinks of Mexico and Peru as black. But Mexico and Peru together got 700,000 Africans in the ...

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Since the day Martin Luther King was killed, the black middle classes have almost quadrupled, but th ...

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You can say I had a severe case of 'Roots' envy. I wanted to be like Alex Haley, and I wanted to be ...

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But you see, our society is still trapped in this binary, black/white logic and that has had some ve ...

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I first learned that there were black people living in some place called other than the United State ...

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In America there is institutional racism that we all inherit and participate in, like breathing the ...

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First we have to recognize that the cause of poverty is both structural and behavioral. And the firs ...

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I rebel at the notion that I can't be part of other groups, that I can't construct identities throug ...

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You notice patterns. White guests often are mortified - that word again - when they learn their ance ...

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Keeping the Union together, freeing slaves and being assassinated all added up to creating 'Lincoln ...

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I give a speech to the black freshmen at Harvard each year, and I say, 'You can like Mozart and ice ...

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What people forget is that the most radical thing about Obama is that he was the first black man in ...

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One must learn how to be black in America.

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In America one drop of black ancestry makes you black.

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The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European trad ...

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