1950 - Born on the 16th of September in Keyser, West Virginia, U.S.
1968 - Gates graduated as valedictorian of his high school class and attended a local junior college before enrolling at Yale University.
1970 - Receiving two fellowships, he took a leave of absence from Yale to visit Africa, working as an anesthetist in a hospital in Tanzania and then traveling through other African nations.
1973 - He received a bachelor's degree in history.
- He entered Clare College at the University of Cambridge, where one of his tutors was the Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka.
1979 - Receiving his doctoral degree in English language and literature, Gates taught literature and African American studies at Yale University, Cornell University, Duke University, and Harvard University.
1980 - Gates became codirector of the Black Periodical Literature Project at Yale.
1984 - The Black Literature and Literary Theory.
1991 - He was appointed W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities.
- Bearing Witness: Selections from African American Autobiography in the Twentieth Century.
1997 - The Norton Anthology of African American Literature.
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