Finding Your Roots: The Stories We Tell

Finding Your Roots: The Stories We Tell

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donna Brazile

Credit: Courtesy of Ark Media

Discover the mysteries behind the family stories of Donna Brazile, Ty Burrell and Kara Walker.

Leading artists, authors, politicians, activists, business moguls, architects and journalists discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations in the new third season of the critically acclaimed series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The ten-part series premieres Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of 28 of today’s most intriguing cultural trailblazers.

In the first episode, Gates discovers the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities.

In celebration of this new season, WXXI invites you to share a family story on WXXI’s Facebook page. Each week we’ll announce on WXXI’s Facebook page and on these web highlights an episode theme and call for your stories.  

Submit a two to three sentence story along with a photo and tag it with #FindingYourRoots. Top submissions will be shared on the Finding Your Roots Facebook page.  

This week's theme: Ever uncovered a family mystery? #FindingYourRoots guests Donna Brazile and Kara Walker have. Share your story and a photo on WXXI's Facebook page.

Major corporate support for  Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season Three  is provided by, Johnson & Johnson, POM and Ford. Support is also provided by the Ford Foundation, Candace King Weir, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.