Finding Your Roots – Black Like Me with Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux – Tonight on PBS

Watch Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro on tonight's episode of Finding Your Roots entitled Children of the Revolution on PBS!

Watch Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux on Tonight’s Episode of Finding Your Roots

The new season of Finding Your Roots on PBS, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., continues tonight with a new episode! In this episode, three African-American guests delve deep into their family trees, discovering unexpected stories that challenge our assumptions about black history.

Season 4 Episode 6: Black Like Me

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies, and forgotten European origins.

  • Bryant Gumbel learns that his surname comes from a German Jewish community by way of his second great grandfather — a white man who arrived in America midway through the Civil War. He also learns that on a different line of his father’s family, his second great grandfather was a manumitted slave who signed up for the Confederate army in New Orleans, then changed sides when the Union arrived in his city.
  • Tonya Lewis-Lee, a descendant of free people of color going back centuries on her father’s side, learns about her mother’s unknown heritage, including her third great-grandfather, a slave who fought for the Union only to struggle with poverty later in life.
  • Suzanne Malveaux discovers that her roots include a black slave owner, a French-Canadian fur trader, and a Native American from the Kaskaskia tribe. Along the way, our guests are reminded that there is no universal African American narrative — that there are as many ways to be black as there are black people.

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Finding Your Roots Season 4 Schedule

Following is the broadcast schedule for the remaining episodes of Season 4 of Finding Your Roots on PBS:

  • Tues., Nov. 7, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Black Like Me” with Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux
  • Tues., Nov. 14, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Children of the Revolution” with Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro
  • Tues., Nov. 21, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Relatives We Never Knew We Had” with Tea Leoni and Gaby Hoffmann
  • Tues., Nov. 28, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “The Stories We Tell” with Donna Brazile, Ty Burrell and Kara Walker (encore broadcast from Season Three)
  • Tues., Dec. 5, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Family Reunions” with Sean Combs and LL Cool J (encore broadcast from Season Three)
  • Tues., Dec. 5, 2017, 9 p.m. ET: “Tragedy + Time = Comedy” with Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader (encore broadcast from Season Three)
  • Tues., Dec. 12, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Southern Roots” with Questlove, Dr. Phil and Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • Tues., Dec. 19, 2017, 8 p.m. ET: “Funny Business” with Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari

About the Author

Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

1 Comment on "Finding Your Roots – Black Like Me with Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux – Tonight on PBS"

  1. I love this show. It amazes me how often the guests who claim they are open-minded are challenged in their beliefs when confronted with their history. The encore presentations are great episodes. I hope that these shows are shown in colleges to remind everyone the difficulty in labeling and the conflicts all ancestors experienced in their realities which were probably greater problems than ours now. we are so nieve and closeminded. i mean all of us when i say we. thank you. every episode is a lesson in socialogy and surviving.

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