Finding Your Roots

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in the seventh season 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. The new season premieres Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET on WXXI-TV / PBS

Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. In Season 7, Gates uncovers the ancestral trails from:

  • Actor Glenn Close and director John Waters on 1/19/21
  • Media personality Andy Cohen and radio journalist Nina Totenberg on 1/26/21
  • Actor Jane Lynch and comedian Jim Gaffigan on 2/2/21
  • Actors Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni on 2/9/21
  • Musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons on 2/16/21
  • Country music icons Clint Black and Rosanne Cash on 2/23/21
  • Actor John Lithgow and journalist Maria Hinojosa on 4/13/21
  • Journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon  on 4/20/2
  • Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin on 4/27/21
  • Comedians Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr  on 5/4/2021

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Funding provided by:

Corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.Season Seven is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Candace King Weir, The Zegar FamilyFoundation, Lloyd Carney Foundation, and by The Inkwell Society and its members Felicia A. and Benjamin A. Horowitz Fund; Demond Martin; Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal; Jim and Susan Swartz; Anne Wojcicki; John and Jennifer Fisher; Fletcher and Benaree Wiley; Gwen and Peter Norton; and Darnell Armstrong and Nicole Commissiong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. 

Upcoming Finding Your Roots Programming

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 8:00pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines how journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon were able to overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who met profound challenges of their own.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 8:00pm
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr: On Broadway airing on WXXI-TV April 27, 2021 at 8PM on WXXI-TV and streaming live on wxxi.org/tv. 
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 8:00pm
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Laughing on the Inside airing on WXXI-TV May 4, 2021 at 8PM on WXXI-TV and streaming live on wxxi.org/tv. 

On-Demand Finding Your Roots Programming

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr: The New World available to watch on-demand.
Listen On-Demand to the Podcast: Connections with Evan Dawson to discussing the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the challenges for African Americans in tracing their ancestry and the value they find in doing it. From 2/16/21.
Watch On-Demand :WXXI Education and The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County for a a chat about the Finding Your Roots Series with a focus on conducting family history by people of color. Learn about local resources and local stories.
Vast amounts of African American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years and with them personal connections unless these locations are restored.

 

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