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Henry Louis Gates
Presently, Professor Gates is Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois
Professor of Humanities and the Chairman of the African American Studies
Department. While serving as an Assistant Professor of African-American
Studies and English at Yale in 1982, he discovered the first book by an
African-American woman printed in the United States. Published in Boston
in 1859, Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story
House, North: Showing That Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There, is Harriet
E. Wilson's fictionalized account of a black servant abused by her mistress.
He was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Prize in 1981, and his latest book,
Colored People, has received wide acclaim.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. b. in Piedmont, West Virginia, Professor of English, Class of 1973