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Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Cory Booker And John Lewis

Airs Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Honorable John Lewis. The representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District is a guest in episode two of the 10-part PBS series, FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive producer, writer, presenter
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Above: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., executive producer, writer, presenter

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The Honorable Cory A. Booker. The mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey is a guest in episode two of FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.
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Above: The Honorable Cory A. Booker. The mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey is a guest in episode two of FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.

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.

"Cory Booker And John Lewis" - The second episode features two African-American politicians from different generations and opposite backgrounds.

John Lewis grew up in a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, while Cory Booker was raised in an affluent, all-white New Jersey suburb. Although both men have devoted their lives to the betterment of African-American people, neither knows much about his own ancestors.

Booker is introduced to his white great-grandfather, a man he never knew, and Lewis is moved to tears over the extraordinary ambitions and accomplishments of his slave ancestors.

The third episode airs on Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m., featuring Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada.

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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.