Booker and Lewis Finding Your Roots

Booker and Lewis better known as Cory Booker and John Robert Lewis are both politicians. These gentlemen are the guest celebrities for this second episode of "Finding Your Roots, host is Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The above photo of Mr. Booker was taken from a Google Search.

Cory Booker

Cory Booker was raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey, his father was an IBM executive and Harrington Park was a white suburb. Cory and his brother were the only blacks in their school.
Cory Booker is the current mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Booker wants to know where the name came from and he asks his father Cary Alfred Booker. His father tells him he does not know. On with the quest.

Mr. Cary Alfred Booker was raised by a single mother, Jessie Lucille Booker. We find out that Jessie's parents were Frank Booker and Mary Booker.

Frank Booker was a fireman for the Southern Railway and he traveled quite a bit. This is as far as the Booker name is taken. Also why did Mary divorce Frank?

Next the Booker family wants to know about their white ancestry. With the assistance of DNA testing find out about Dr. Stephen H. Brown, Physician and Michael Hislop his 3rd gr-grandson.

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John Robert Lewis

Mr. John Robert Lewis, is an United States Congressman from the State of Georgia, since 1986. Mr. Lewis is a share cropper's son, who was born in the deep South.

We learn about his ancestors Tobias Carter and Elizabeth Carter, both slaves.Tobias and Elizabeth were married twice, the second time in December 16, 1865. Mr. & Mrs. Carter were also property
owners and purchased and sold a number of acres of land, how could this be?

Also Mr. Lewis and his brother went to the "Troy Public Library in Troy to get library cards. See what happened. As a child and young adult Mr. Lewis wanted to be a preacher.

What happened to Mr. Lewis, how did he meet Martin Luther King, Jr. What connection does Mr. Lewis have to Selma, Alabama in 1965, and what connection does he have to the "Civil Rights Walk of Fame". Go to and click on video to see if it is still available.

There is so much to learn from the Booker and Lewis video, enjoy.

Next week's program will be Geoffrey Canada and Barbara Walters

Watch John Lewis and Cory Booker on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.

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