The Quotable Black Scholar: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on His Irish Roots
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
It turns out that I’m descended on my mother’s side from a white woman who was impregnated by a black slave, and on my father’s side from an Irishman who conceived with a black woman named Jane Gates. I have an Irish haplotype called Ui Neill that goes back to some fifth century king. I was searching for African roots, and they led to an African kingdom called the United Kingdom.
–From an interview with John Lauerman, in Business Week, Feburary 17, 2012
Biographical Notes: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
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