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Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special

When African American Lives premiered on PBS in February 2006, the series was hailed by the New York Times as “the most exciting and stirring documentary on any subject to appear on television in a long time.” Audiences and critics were especially drawn to the powerfully moving discussions between Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., series host and executive producer, and TV pioneer and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, which revealed the struggles and accomplishments of Winfrey's ancestors. Now, combining new genealogical and historical research with state-of-the-art DNA analysis, Winfrey and Professor Gates continue their dramatic and illuminating quest to discover a fuller history of Winfrey's ancestry.

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