Van Jones’ Ancestors Became Free Before Emancipation | Finding Your Roots | PBS

PBS, Mar 30, 2023


Official website: | #FindingYourRoots Not having heard much beyond his immediate family history, Van Jones expected his deeper roots disappeared into the mist of slavery. However, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Jones discover his ancestors’ story is quite unusual.

Van Jones is widely known as a U.S. media personality, an entrepreneur and a world-class change maker. Outside of his roles as a CNN contributor and host of Amazon Music Podcast, Uncommon Ground, Jones has a rare track record in the modern era of bringing people together to do hard things — in areas as diverse as clean energy solutions, criminal justice reform and racial inclusion in the tech sector.

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