Have you wondered from whom you got your curly red hair? Or what country your ancestors lived in hundreds of years ago?

Answers to these questions are important to us as we search to identify in this world. They help us educate our children and develop more fruitful connections with the people around us – and around the globe.

This is why AT&T is proud to sponsor the fourth season of “Finding Your Roots” on PBS.

The TV series dives into the ancestries of celebs and influential Americans from diverse backgrounds to reveal connections that bind them to their family histories. And ultimately, it reveals these connections bind us all.

The series is written and hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Dr. Gates is an Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African Research at Harvard University. He’s a literary scholar, journalist and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. He’s been at the forefront of a national conversation around race, identity and history for decades. He uses humor, wisdom and compassion to captivate audiences on this important topic.

Our collaboration with Dr. Gates and “Finding Your Roots” presents an opportunity to further a much-needed dialogue. AT&T Chairman, CEO and President Randall Stephenson started this conversation last year at an employee conference. He encouraged us all to shift from tolerance to understanding.

AT&T looks to help grow the dialogue around diversity and the global community effort needed to conquer discrimination, increase cultural awareness and advance our societies.  

Learn more about the backgrounds of notables like Bernie Sanders, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro on season 4 of “Finding Your Roots." The season kicked off in October on PBS and airs weekly.

Follow @PBS and @ATT for updates on the show and to learn how Dr. Gates will help some of AT&T’s own find their roots.