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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Born: 16-Sep-1950
Birthplace: Keyser, WV

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
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
    ProPublica Director
    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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