Monday, February 20, 2006
I've been totally engrossed in the new African-American Lives series on PBS. Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, he traces his ancestry back to pre-civil war days based on slave documents and DNA tests. He finds out that he is 50% European. Also profiled in the series are Oprah, Chris Tucker, Whoopi Goldberg and Quincy Jones, among others. Check it out if you get the chance. Inspired, I've asked my parents to jot down what they can remember of our family tree-- names, birthdate, birthplace.