|Henry Louis Gates, Jr.|
Birthplace: Keyser, WV
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Columnist
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Signifying Monkey
Right leg is two inches shorter than his left, stemming from a misdiagnosed childhood sports injury, hence his nickname "Skip."
In 1983, Gates rediscovered the first book published in America by a black person, Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig (1859).
On 16 July 2009, Gates was confronted by police in his home after reports that a black man -- Gates -- had broken and entered. After showing the police officer his driver's license with his address on it, Gates berated the policeman for racial profiling, and his hostile attitude prompted a disorderly conduct arrest. He could never have been convicted on the charge, as in Massachusetts disorderly conduct must occur in a public place, not a private residence.
Father: Henry Louis Gates, Sr.
Mother: Pauline Augusta Coleman
Wife: Sharon Lynn Adams (m. 1979, two daughters)
University: BA History, Yale University
University: PhD English, Clare College, Cambridge University
Professor: African and African American Studies Chair, Harvard University (1991-)
Bretton Woods Committee
Friends of Hillary
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Advisory Board
Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. Board of Directors
Hillary Clinton for President
Institute for Jewish Research Overseer
National Constitution Center Trustee
Obama for America
Disorderly Conduct 16-Jul-2009 (Cambridge, MA, charges dropped)
MacArthur Fellowship 1981
National Humanities Medal 1998
Polk Award 1982 (social commentary)
Sierra Leone Ancestry Mende tribe
Author of books:
The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1989)
Colored People: A Memoir (1994, memoir)
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