This is the opening program for the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies at the University of Kentucky. This major inaugural event will feature an address from Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., the American literary critic, professor, filmmaker, public intellectual, and host of "Finding Your Roots," a groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS. He also serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
The Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies is a multidisciplinary research institute housed in the College of Arts & Sciences' Department of African American and Africana Studies (AAAS). It is a cutting-edge research think tank for Black Studies research, including issues of race and racism.