Research shows that identity is one of the most important aspects of human development and African Ancestry believes that knowing your ancestral roots is critical to defining your personal identity.
However, our children are bombarded with negative images of Africa and themselves. That’s why African Ancestry is committed to helping our children:
- Discover their ancestral roots
- Reconnect with Africa
- Solidify their identity as “African” Americans
To do this, African Ancestry is launching the Ancestry Education Project during this monumental Black History Month.
The Ancestry Education Project is an interdisciplinary learning curriculum for students that promotes science education, achievement motivation and positive psychological development.
As the first beneficiary, African Ancestry is working with DC Public School, Walker Jones Education Campus.
Listen to the students of Walker Jones Education Campus talk about their perceptions of Africa and DNA to find ancestry:
In early January, 10 seventh graders took part in the first of three components of the program by taking the ancestry-tracing test in the school’s science lab. Life Sciences teacher, Matrice Johnson, World History teacher, Givonne Scarboro, and Principal, Jeffrey Grant were also tested.
Watch WJLA News 7 coverage of the students and teachers providing swabs or their ancestry test:
The activities continued throughout February with additional curricula on African geography, DNA and ancestry tracing.
On February 26th, the Ancestry Education Project culminated in a powerful celebration where African Ancestry assembled the students, their families, faculty and the community to unveil where in Africa each student’s bloodline originated.
Watch WJLA News 7 coverage of news anchor, Leon Harris and the students discover their ancestral roots:
See pictures from the reveal:
Would you like to work with us to bring the Ancestry Education Project to students in your city? Does your company sponsor education programs? Would you like to contribute to the Ancestry Education Project? If you are interested in being part of the Ancestry Education Project, contact us at email@example.com.
For press inquiries, contact Nichole Foster of Taylor Communications Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. High resolution photos of students and faculty also available.