A photo of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and photos of his books

Join the PBS Books Readers Club on Wednesday, Feb. 28 as we sit down with author, scholar, and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for a deeper look at the stories and inspirations behind his bestselling book “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.”

Gates guides us through the roots of the Black church and its importance as a foundation of the American identity.

In addition, Gates will explore over a century of Black spirituality through sermon and song in his newest PBS series “Gospel.” He will also discuss the long-buried secrets brought to life in his hit PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” and he’ll tease his soon-to-be-released book “The Black Box: Writing The Race.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Gates has authored or coauthored more than twenty books, including “Stony the Road,” “The Black Church,” and “The Black Box,” and created more than twenty documentary films, including his groundbreaking genealogy series “Finding Your Roots.”

His six-part PBS documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” earned an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and an NAACP Image Award. This series and his PBS documentary series “Reconstruction: America after the Civil War” were both honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.


More about PBS Books Readers Club

Every month, the PBS Books Readers Club will recommend amazing books and deliver behind-the-book interviews with your favorite authors. It’s also a great place to connect with other book lovers and find your next great read.

New episodes release the last Wednesday of every month on PBS Books Facebook, PBS Books YouTube Channel, and the PBS app on your smart TV or device. We’ll feature books that pair perfectly with your favorite PBS shows, and of course, they’ll be incredible reads.

There will be extended interviews with your favorite authors available to members on Arizona PBS Passport as well as the on-demand library of quality public television programming. Then twice a month, receive an e-newsletter with exclusive interviews, fun bookish articles, and other book recommendations.

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