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Daina Ramey Berry reconstructs slave ancestry of actress Alfre Woodard on TLC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Mon, August 10, 2015
Daina Ramey Berry reconstructs slave ancestry of actress Alfre Woodard on TLC’s
Daina Ramey Berry and Alfre Woodard (TLC)

Dr. Daina Ramey Berry appeared on the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?,” last night, in an episode tracing actress Alfre Woodard’s ancestry through Georgia and Louisiana. Ms. Woodard, seeking to find out more about the paternal side of her family, explores how her surname came to be. Previously, in April 2010, Prof. Berry appeared on the season finale of "Who Do You Think You Are?," assisting film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee in tracing his family ancestry.

Dr. Berry wrote that working with the actress was “an honor.” Watch the full episode (Professor Berry's segment begins at 7:33) at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD4b55AXYM0, and follow Daina on Twitter at twitter.com/lbofflesh.

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See also:

“A ‘Fus’ Rate Bargain’” by By Daina Ramey Berry, in Slate
www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/08/how_slaves_endeavored_to_manipulate_their_appraisals_on_the_auction_block.html

“The Civil War: the one we fought, the one we’re still fighting” in The Conversation
theconversation.com/the-civil-war-the-one-we-fought-the-one-were-still-fighting-39824

"#Blacklivesmatter Till They Don't: Slavery's Lasting Legacy," in The American Prospect
www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/history/news/8738

“Slavery in America: back in the headlines,” in The Conversation
theconversation.com/slavery-in-america-back-in-the-headlines-33004

“Slavery and Freedom in Savannah,” on Not Even Past
notevenpast.org/slavery-and-freedom-in-savannah

“Urban Slavery in the Antebellum United States” on 15 Minute History
15minutehistory.org/2014/09/17/episode-54-urban-slavery-in-the-antebellum-united-states

“The Senses of Slavery,” on 15 Minute History
15minutehistory.org/2014/02/12/episode-42-the-senses-of-slavery

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