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African American Lives, Genealogy and Genetics Curriculum Project
Director: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
This curriculum project is based on the popular four-part PBS series, African American Lives. Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it explores American history through the personal stories of highly accomplished African Americans using genealogy and DNA analysis. The documentary features Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Dr. Mae Jemison, Quincy Jones, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Chris Tucker, and Oprah Winfrey. This project will equip teachers and students with the tools to discover their own family trees and genetic ancestry. The teaching materials will incorporate the resources, technology, and strategies used in both series, including genealogy, oral history research, family stories, and DNA analysis.