WASHINGTON, D.C. - Piedmont native Henry Louis Gates Jr. was honored on April 13 by the Boston -based Creativity Foundation as the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Piedmont native Henry Louis Gates Jr. was honored on April 13 by the Boston -based Creativity Foundation as the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate.
Gates is an Alphonse Fletcher University professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American research at Harvard University, as well as host, writer, and producer of of the hit series “Finding your Roots.”
The award ceremony took place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Creativity Foundation chair and documentary filmmaker Laurie Kahn presented Prof. Gates with the award.
After the brief ceremony, there was a fascinating and engaging dialogue between Prof. Gates and Brandon Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Together they explored the influences, challenges, and experiences in the development of Prof. Gates' creative life.
A question and answer period followed.
The Benjamin Franklin Creativity Collaboration, a joint program of the Smithsonian Associates and the Creativity Foundation, recognizes a laureate and six students annually for creativity in the arts, public service, science , and the humanities.
Past recipients include Yo Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, Ted Turner, Tim Robbins, Eric Kandel and Sandra Day O'Connor.