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July 25, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
President Obama on Friday backed off his contention that police had acted "stupidly" in arresting a black Harvard University professor on disorderly conduct charges at his own home -- hoping to tamp down an escalating racial furor that has diverted attention from his policy agenda. The president, making a rare surprise visit to the White House press briefing room, said he had chosen the wrong words in saying the Cambridge, Mass., Police Department had blundered.
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Besides its all-inclusive historical sweep - from the first African to set foot in the New World to the first African American to occupy the White House - what distinguishes Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s new series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," from many previous documentaries on the black experience is … Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates, a Harvard professor and academic typhoon the world knows as "Skip," is one of the more familiar faces...
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NATIONAL
July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was mildly critical Tuesday of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose angry response to a Cambridge, Mass., police officer touched off a national debate involving President Obama. Powell, interviewed by CNN's Larry King, cited times when he was a victim of racial profiling -- including as national security advisor. Sometimes, he said, you just have to let it slide. The confrontation between Gates, a noted black scholar, and white police Sgt.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Historian and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can still remember how moved and inspired he was as a high school senior watching a documentary about black American history narrated by Bill Cosby. The film was a key in launching his elite career as an educator and filmmaker. But Gates, who is also the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, said the comprehensive story of African Americans dating from before the arrival of slaves to the present day has rarely been told, particularly in schools.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2009 | Peter Wallsten and Mike Dorning
A national furor over race relations paused Thursday as President Obama, in a shady spot on the White House lawn near the Rose Garden, sat down for beers with a black Harvard professor and the white police officer who arrested him two weeks ago. For the two men who raised their mugs with the president and vice president -- both guests dressed in suits and ties and sitting stiffly in what was meant to be a casual moment -- the discussion of race and policing will go on. Sgt.
OPINION
August 27, 2010 | By Erin Aubry Kaplan
President Obama botched it again. From the beginning, I knew things were going to be tough for him, what with the economy and two wars and all. But I assumed he could at least strike the right tone on matters of race and color. Yes, I know he was the black guy elected to not say anything about color, but I refused to believe Obama would stick to that deal, at least not all the time. But then came the humiliation of watching Obama backtrack on his (correct) opinion about the racial profiling of scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.; more recently, there was the panicky, preemptive firing of Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod for allegedly making anti-white comments.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2009 | Peter Nicholas, Christi Parsons and Noam N. Levey
With many Americans growing anxious about his plans to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, President Obama on Wednesday sought to lay out in personal terms how they stand to gain from the legislation that he has made one of the top goals of his presidency.
NEWS
November 18, 1988 | ITABARI NJERI, Times Staff Writer
Bomb the canon. Expand the canon. Leave the canon just where it is.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2010
'Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.' Where: KCET When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Historian and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can still remember how moved and inspired he was as a high school senior watching a documentary about black American history narrated by Bill Cosby. The film was a key in launching his elite career as an educator and filmmaker. But Gates, who is also the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, said the comprehensive story of African Americans dating from before the arrival of slaves to the present day has rarely been told, particularly in schools.
OPINION
August 27, 2010 | By Erin Aubry Kaplan
President Obama botched it again. From the beginning, I knew things were going to be tough for him, what with the economy and two wars and all. But I assumed he could at least strike the right tone on matters of race and color. Yes, I know he was the black guy elected to not say anything about color, but I refused to believe Obama would stick to that deal, at least not all the time. But then came the humiliation of watching Obama backtrack on his (correct) opinion about the racial profiling of scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.; more recently, there was the panicky, preemptive firing of Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod for allegedly making anti-white comments.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2010
'Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.' Where: KCET When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2010 | By Matea Gold
When Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. started his latest genealogical project for PBS, which used historical archives and cutting-edge genetic research to trace the ancestry of a dozen famous Americans, he already had one hoped-for outcome in mind. "I wanted to pick someone who is Jewish and someone who is Muslim and pray we get the same result in their DNA," he said. Sure enough, genetic testing revealed that director Mike Nichols, of Eastern European Jewish heritage, and surgeon and television host Mehmet Oz, the son of Turkish Muslim immigrants, had a common paternal ancestor thousands of years ago. "That is like affirming the story of Abraham," Gates said delightedly.
OPINION
August 2, 2009 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.
Cartoonists copped an attitude and played our race cards after the high-profile arrest that led to the Great Barack Brew-Ha-Ha Summit. Mike Keefe brooded over countless past injustices, while Steve Kelley countered with a counterintuitive lunch-counter encounter. Nate Beeler focused on how the president's flat-footed footnote fell flat, unfavorably comparing the prez to his loose-lipped (if somewhat more seasoned) lieutenant. -- Joel Pett
OPINION
August 2, 2009 | Lurita Doan, Lurita Doan is the former administrator of the General Services Administration and a commentator on Federal News Radio.
President Obama's White House beer with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley was good for garnering headlines. But let's have no expectations about its worth or reach as a "teachable moment" when it comes to complicated social issues. Why? Because Gates appears to be a product of his institution and, like Harvard professors who preceded him, mired in the past and unwilling to move beyond his assumptions. I believe I can make the comparison.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2009 | Peter Wallsten and Mike Dorning
A national furor over race relations paused Thursday as President Obama, in a shady spot on the White House lawn near the Rose Garden, sat down for beers with a black Harvard professor and the white police officer who arrested him two weeks ago. For the two men who raised their mugs with the president and vice president -- both guests dressed in suits and ties and sitting stiffly in what was meant to be a casual moment -- the discussion of race and policing will go on. Sgt.
NEWS
March 25, 1992 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The pun in the title of "Loose Canons" reveals something crucial about Henry Louis Gates Jr., an elegant partisan in the not-so-civil war over "multiculturalism." His targets are the self-appointed guardians of the accepted texts of Western literature--the ossified academics, high-falutin' literary critics and vainglorious editors who serve as our cultural commissars--but his weapon is a stiletto wit.
BOOKS
May 8, 1994 | RICHARD EDER
When Henry Louis Gates Jr. applied to Yale in his springtime of militancy in 1969, he began his personal essay: "My grandfather was colored, my father was Negro, and I am black." Now, in a preface to his affecting, beautifully written and morally complex memoir, Gates addresses his two daughters: "In your lifetimes, I suspect, you will go from being African Americans, to 'people of color,' to being, once again, 'colored people.' (The linguistic trend toward condensation is strong.
NATIONAL
July 30, 2009 | Mark Silva
To each his own. It could be the theme of that get-together over a cold beer that the president, the professor and the police officer have planned at the White House today to discuss the dust-up that was stirred up when President Obama accused the Cambridge, Mass., police of acting "stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his own home. The president is planning to crack a Bud Light at the meeting with Gates and Police Sgt. James Crowley.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was mildly critical Tuesday of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose angry response to a Cambridge, Mass., police officer touched off a national debate involving President Obama. Powell, interviewed by CNN's Larry King, cited times when he was a victim of racial profiling -- including as national security advisor. Sometimes, he said, you just have to let it slide. The confrontation between Gates, a noted black scholar, and white police Sgt.
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