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Henry Louis Gates
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Henry Louis Gates

Prominent Scholar; Author; Activist
SPEAKER FEE RANGE: $66,000–$112,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Massachusetts
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is one of the most prominent and well-known academics in the US today. He has drawn the world's attention to Harvard's Afro-American Studies program since he took over as its chair in 1991. He has, by many scholars' accounts, taken African American studies beyond the ideological bent of the 1970s and 1980s black power movement, and brought it into a scholarly sphere that is equivalent to all other disciplines. Dr. Gates has authored several books including, Wonders of the African World, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, Colored People: A Memoir, The Signifying Monkey, and Figures in Black. The accomplishment that he is most proud of is the publishing of Encarta Africana. Over the course of 25 years he researched, funded and published this two million word, pan-African encyclopedia with the help of his good friend Kwame Appiah. Encarta Africana deals with everything from the history of slave trade as early as the 16th century, to today's popular hip-hop music.

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