- NAME: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Historian, Scholar, Literary Critic, Filmmaker, Academic Author, Editor
- BIRTH DATE: September 16, 1950 (Age: 63)
- Did You Know?: Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.
- EDUCATION: Yale University, University of Cambridge
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Keyser, West Virginia
- Nickname: Skip Gates
- Full Name: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
- AKA: Henry Louis Gates
- AKA: Henry L. Gates
- AKA: Henry Gates
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is one of the premier U.S. scholars of African-American literature and African Diasporic studies in general.
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In reality, Gates and his African-American driver were attempting to get into the house after having trouble with the door. Reports conflict on the what happened next: some say that the officer refused to identify himself after Gates asked for his name and badge number, while others say that Gates refused to answer the officer's questions and became disorderly after he belived the policer officer was guilty of racism. In the aftermath of this incident,
President Barack Obama said he believed the police had "acted stupidly." The comment opened the president to public criticism on the issue.
Gates has been married to Sharon Lynn Adams since 1979. Gates and his wife have two daughters, Maude and Elizabeth.
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