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The Quotable Black Scholar: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on His Irish Roots

February 21st, 2012 by Ajuan Mance

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

(Source: Boston.Com)


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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