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W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
Chair of Afro-American Studies
Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research

Professor Gates is coeditor with K. Anthony Appiah of the encyclopedia Encarta Africana published on CD-ROM by Microsoft (1999), and in book form by Basic Civitas Books under the title Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (1999). He is the author of Wonders of the African World (1999), the book companion to the six-hour BBC/PBS television series of the same name.MORE...


 

::Press January 2, 2004

HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. HOSTS RADIO SERIES
EXPLORING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORIC LANDMARKS
NATIONWIDE

Washington D.C., January 2, 2004 – Moments to Remember, an award-winning public radio series kicks off Black History Month with Moments to Remember: African-American Destinations. Each two-minute segment takes listeners on a journey to historic African-American neighborhoods, homes, monuments and other cultural landmarks. The entire series highlights over 270 people and places that helped to build the foundation of our nation from the 1800s to the present. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., award- winning author and chair of the Afro-American studies department at Harvard University is the host of this radio series. In February, Dr. Gates will also host the PBS television series “America Beyond the Color Line.”

“For hundreds of years, black communities have made rich contributions to the overall growth of the United States. We’ll give listeners a glimpse of these fascinating communities and landmarks, past and present,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“We hope to create more awareness about the importance of visiting and preserving the numerous historical treasures in African-American communities nationwide. African-American heritage tours are becoming very popular among travelers worldwide. Our goal is to encourage radio listeners to visit these sites because they are a very important part of our history and culture,” said Donna Limerick, Executive Producer. MORE...


::Press January 15, 2003

HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY WITH A PUBLIC RADIO SERIES
SALUTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN HISTORY

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2003 - Moments to Remember, an award-winning public radio series that celebrates Black History throughout the year is returning for a second year, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In 2003, the series begins with "Black Women: Great Moments in History." What did they contribute to American history? Why are they significant today? Each segment provides answers to these questions and more by profiling the achievements of 30 black women-past to present. Over 100 public radio stations nationwide currently air Moments to Remember. The radio show is also featured on the Africana.com website.

This first of its kind public radio series features stories about legendary women, such as Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919), the first female millionaire, Lucy Terry Prince (1730-1821), the first slave to argue a case before the Supreme Court and contemporary writer Maya Angelou, the first woman to produce a screenplay. Unknown heroines have also played a vital role in American history like Mary Fields (1832-1914) the first female stagecoach driver for the postal service and Susan King Taylor (1842-1912) the first army nurse. Behind these women's stories are countless other women, whose untold contributions are the foundation upon which we all stand.MORE...


 

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