2017: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Fellow in Residence

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black America Since MLK:
A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
5:30 – 7 p.m., September 18, 2017

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs with support from South Carolina ETV

On Monday, September 18, a thirty-minute highlight reel of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ documentary, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” was viewed and followed by a conversation with Dr. Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and cultural critic.

Beryl Dakers, who has long been a leader in cultural programming and outreach at South Carolina ETV, hosted the conversation.

“Imagine if Martin Luther King woke up and he asked you, ‘What’s happened since I’ve been gone?’ What would you say? That is the conceit of the series,” explains Dr. Gates. His hope is that White and Black Americans will listen as Black people talk to each other about what their lives mean and what these events signify.


For more information about Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., click here. For a 90 second preview interview with Dr. Gates, click here.

Press Coverage

Furman University Press Release
Furman News – Gates: Race Discussion Must Be Deep, Inclusive, Fearless
Atlanta Journal Constitution article by Leroy Chapman
Greenville Online