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We know three things are undoubtedly true:  1. When Black people were stolen from their native lands, they were stripped of many things. Most importantly, we believe, is that they – we – were stripped of our identities. Not only were many of our surnames forcibly replaced with a title of ownership, we lost our connections to the generational ties we once knew. For many of us, we don’t know where our great-great-greats were from. Our connection to the knowledge of where and how they lived have been pilfered.   2. Some Black people are hesitant to reconnect out of fear that their...

Diallo's Story: Helping others connect to self, to Africa and ...

This is a story of a continual journey–one of self-discovery, dual-country living and helping others connect to self and to home in Africa.If you’ve been around the African Ancestry family for a while, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Diallo Sumbry. He’s the Head of Travel and Partnerships and leads the African Ancestry Family Reunions. He also served as the co-architect of the Year of Return – the year-long 400-year commemoration of the first documented enslaved Africans’ arrival in the US through Ghana, which was used as a human cargo port. The Year of Return is a collective trip where Black people travel back to Africa.  In short, he’s kind of a big deal. And he does...

Juneteenth 2021: America Gets the Emancipation Memo 156 Years Later

This weekend, African Ancestry will be among millions of Black people and businesses who are celebrating the national holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the day of emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States.  What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day – is a powerful day of reflection and celebration honoring those who came before us and endured slavery and the generations and generations that persevered. We were officially “allowed” freedom from enslavement and were transitioned from a perception of property to personhood. The truth is, we have always been full, whole, wonderful people.   We’re tuning in and enjoying the day and the strong meaning behind it: liberation, freedom, reflection, community and identity.  The Verdict...

The Hard Truth About the 65%

In 2003, Dr. Rick Kittles and Dr. Gina Paige collaborated on a groundbreaking way to help Black people reconnect to their roots beyond the limits of their current family trees. As African-Americans, our connection and contact with our family members vary from tight nuclear families to large, well-kept branches and a little bit in between, but they recognized how many of us don’t know much beyond our ties to cousins, aunts, uncles beyond the bounds of the United States.  Here’s the easy truth.   We’ve got blood everywhere. Whether or not we know our more distant family or not (yet!), we’re still...