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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice And Ruth Simmons

Airs Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (l) and Samuel L. Jackson (r) during the filming of FINDING YOUR ROOTS.

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Condoleezza Rice
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Above: Condoleezza Rice

Ruth Simmons
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Above: Ruth Simmons

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 through May 20, 2012 at 8 p.m.

The series features Kevin Bacon, Cory Booker, Angela Buchdal, Geoffrey Canada, Margaret Cho, Harry Connick Jr., Robert Downey Jr., Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, John Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Yasir Qadhi, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Wanda Sykes, Ruth Simmons, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren.

"Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice And Ruth Simmons" - Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Brown University president, Ruth Simmons, have each climbed to the pinnacle of their profession, yet each started life as a second-class citizen in the Jim Crow south. In this episode we will use DNA to investigate family mysteries: Where in Africa do they come from and who are the white men in their family trees?

Share Your Story:

Everyone has a story. Whether it’s anecdotes about ancestors from generations past, or stories of recent relatives, each of us has a rich, unique genealogical heritage to share. Tell us your family story and read other family stories.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS is on Facebook.

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Above: Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Brown University president, Ruth Simmons, have each climbed to the pinnacle of their profession, yet each started life as a second-class citizen in the Jim Crow south. In this episode of FINDING YOUR ROOTS, we will use DNA to investigate family mysteries: Where in Africa do they come from and who are the white men in their family trees?

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Above: The basic drive to discover who we are is at the core of the new PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.