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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Encouraged To Move By Harvard After Receiving Death Threats

Henry Louis Gates Jr. attended the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival on Sunday and revealed to the crowd that he has had to change his cell phone number and shut down his public email after receiving death threats in the wake of his arrest.

“The University encouraged me to move,” Gates told the crowd explaining that the situation has been “stressful” yet insisting, “lot’s of people go through far worse things, and I mean I was in jail for four hours, not four years or four months or four days, so I don’t want to exaggerate the trauma.”

Gates also joked about the “beer summit” he attended with the arresting officer Sgt. James Crowley saying, “he offered to get his [Crowley’s] kids into Harvard if he doesn’t arrest me again.”

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