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Russell Wilson with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at The Richmond Forum

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:13pm -- WCVE

In a live Richmond Forum exclusive, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the roots of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

On April 2, 2016 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. sat down in front of a Richmond, Virginia audience of 4,500 with Richmond’s native son and two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for a discussion and discovery of the family legacy and influences that have made Wilson the man he is today.

Broadcast in Richmond on WCVE PBS, this Richmond Forum program is a homecoming celebration that mixes sports, genealogy, and American history...along with a few family surprises.

About The Richmond Forum:
For over three decades, The Richmond Forum has been presenting the most engaging, influential, entertaining and educational speakers in the world to stimulate, inspire and inform 4,500 patrons at each of five programs every season. The Richmond Forum is increasingly known nationally for producing programs that are innovative, compelling, and often “one and only” events that can’t be seen anywhere else. Because our patrons have become accustomed to seeing the best speakers in the world, they have high expectations for each new season. Speakers always know to bring something special to The Richmond Forum.

About the PBS series Finding Your Roots:
Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears.

The third season will continue to explore how diverse racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds challenge many of our long-held national myths. Hosted and written by Gates, this new season will continue to be compelling television, filled with emotional moments that enrich our national discussion on race, ethnicity, and identity.