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Rising From the Ashes

Season 9 Episode 5 | 52m 11s

Henry Louis Gates traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis—two people who overcame traumatic childhoods, revealing that they aren’t the first in their families to face enormous odds. From workhouses in Scotland to slave plantations in South Carolina, long-lost records reveal the stories of ancestors who laid the groundwork for Brian and Viola’s success by fighting so hard to survive.

Aired: 01/30/23 | Expires: 02/28/23
Rising From the Ashes
FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Eight is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media, Kunhardt Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Eight is provided by Ancestry and Johnson & Johnson. Support is also provided by Ford Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and by The Inkwell Society and its members Candace King Weir; Lloyd Carney Foundation; Jim and Susan Swartz; Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal; Anne Wojcicki; Hayward and Kathy Draper; and Nicole Commissiong and Darnell Armstrong. Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Extras
Joe Manganiello and Tony Gonzalez discover close relatives whose names they’ve never heard
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis.
Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Chung and Danny Trejo uncover the stories of their immigrant ancestors
Cyndi Lauper's great-grandfather organized a rebellion in Switzerland in the 1650s.
Danny Trejo learns about his great-grandparents' journey by foot from Mexico to the U.S.
Comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash discover scandals hidden within their roots.
Niecy Nash reads the first tangible evidence she's seen about her slave ancestors.
Carol Burnett uncovers some surprising connections between her family and the Civil War.
Niecy Nash reads the first tangible evidence she's seen about her slave ancestors.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes Claire Danes and Jeff Daniels on a journey into their roots.
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  • Finding Your Roots Season 9
  • Finding Your Roots Season 8
  • Finding Your Roots Season 7
  • Finding Your Roots Season 6
  • Finding Your Roots Season 5
  • Finding Your Roots Season 4
  • Finding Your Roots Season 3
  • Finding Your Roots Season 2
  • Finding Your Roots Season 1
Joe Manganiello and Tony Gonzalez discover close relatives whose names they’ve never heard
Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Chung and Danny Trejo uncover the stories of their immigrant ancestors
Comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash discover scandals hidden within their roots.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes Claire Danes and Jeff Daniels on a journey into their roots.
We explore Edward Norton and Julia Roberts' roots, revealing their hidden connections.
Erin Burnett, Amy Carlson and André Leon Talley trace their ancestral roots.
Regina King and Damon Lindelof discover that they have more in common than meets the eye.
Broadway stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nathan Lane meet a cast of inspiring ancestors.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps John Leguizamo and Lena Waithe retrace their ancestral paths.
Terry Crews and Tony Danza find they aren’t the first in their families to beat the odds.