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Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. speaks during the 'Black in Latin America' panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2011 in Pasadena, California. Gates is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. He was the first African American to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images