Actor Ben Affleck, NAACP president Ben Jealous and actress Khandi Alexander discover that their families' long established principles to fight for freedom and civil rights were passed down through generations of ancestors.

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Jesse Sweet
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Ben Affleck ... Himself
Khandi Alexander ... Herself
Henry Louis Gates ... Himself - Host
Ben Jealous Ben Jealous ... Himself
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From PBS - These three guests' families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors. Ben Affleck's mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964 and her roots include the 19th-century spiritualist Almon French, who attempted to heal the bereaved masses in the aftermath of the Civil War; NAACP president Ben Jealous learns the heroic story of his great-grandfather Peter G. Morgan, a free black man who was forced to purchase his own wife and family in order to keep them safe; and actress Khandi Alexander, who never knew who her grandfather was, learns that he may have been murdered in the Jim Crow-era South.

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14 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Affleck!
23 January 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

These three guests' families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but they had no idea that those principles were passed down through generations of ancestors. Ben Affleck's mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964 and her roots include the 19th-century spiritualist Almon French, who attempted to heal the bereaved masses in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Frankly, I did not know who the other two guests were this episode, but still found it interesting how all three were able to connect themselves to the slave issue, but also the Revolutionary War. I have a strong interest in Affleck, though, so it was neat to see his connection to a spiritualist and other historical figures.

The demand for Almon Bruce French's book went up... and the connection between Affleck and Matt Damon is priceless.


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