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FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Write My Name In The Book Of Life

Filmmaker Kasi Lemons
Courtesy of Greg Gorman Photography
Filmmaker Kasi Lemons

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / On demand now with KPBS Passport!

On this episode, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemons uncover extraordinarily rare first-person accounts of their enslaved ancestors.

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About Season 7:


Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in Season 7 of the critically acclaimed PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR, offering viewers ten new episodes that will continue through May 2021. Among them are actors Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Jane Lynch, Audra MacDonald, Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni; acclaimed musicians Clint Black, Rosanne Cash and Pharrell Williams; groundbreaking directors Kasi Lemmons and John Waters; renowned journalists Gretchen Carlson and Nina Totenberg; hilarious comedians Lewis Black and Jim Gaffigan; popular late night personality Andy Cohen; and more to be announced.

Kasi Lemmons Is Moved to Learn About Her African Ancestors

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FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Season 7 Inside Look

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Explore and share your family histories via social media, using the hashtag #FindingYourRoots.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS is on Facebook. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is on Facebook, Instagram, @HenryLouisGates on Twitter


A production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media, Kunhardt Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the writer, host, and executive producer. Dyllan McGee and Peter Kunhardt are executive producers. John F. Wilson is the executive producer in charge for WETA. Bill Gardner is the executive in charge for PBS. Sabin Streeter is the senior producer. Natalia Warchol is the series producer. Hanna Olson is the consulting producer. Sabin Streeter and Krista Whetstone are directors.