Rising From the Ashes
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.
The Hidden Truth in Viola Davis' Family Tree
Viola Davis and Prof. Gates discover a surprising secret her grandfather kept to himself.
Brian Cox's Grandfather Was Exposed to Poison Gas in WWI
Brian Cox learns that his grandfather was likely exposed to poison gas in WWI.