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"American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama"

Rachel Swarns

About the Program

Rachel Swarns, reporter for The New York Times, presents a genealogy of First Lady Michelle Obama's family.  Ms. Swarns reports that Mrs. Obama's ancestry is multiracial and is composed of those who fought in the American Revolution and Civil War to African Americans who faced Jim Crow laws and relocated from the South to the North in the Great Migration.  Ms. Swarns discusses the First Lady's ancestry with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

About the Authors

Rachel Swarns

Rachel Swarns is a reporter for The New York Times where she worked since 1995 and has served as the Johannesburg bureau chief and written on national politics and domestic policy.  For more information, visit rachelswarns.com.


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"American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama"

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Past Airings

  • Saturday, September 1st at 9am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 12th at 1am (ET)
  • Sunday, July 22nd at 5pm (ET)
  • Sunday, July 15th at 6am (ET)
  • Sunday, July 8th at 3pm (ET)
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