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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...

African Ancestry, In Song

Last week, during our weekly Team Cypher, our co-founder, Gina Paige asked us to all submit a song that we felt represented our team here at African Ancestry. While small, our team is a diverse bunch of people of many different backgrounds, generations, perspectives, ages and even cities – much like the Diaspora that we advocate for each and every day.  We wanted to give you guys a slice of our team – a varied list of songs from some of our members featuring difference genres and eras that we think represent our team and work best.  At the end, we’d love to...

Guest Post: I Gave My Dad A Father's Day Gift He'd Never Forget

Hey African Ancestry fam! We're back with something really special today: a guest post from a family member, Di Shawn Gandy who wanted to share with us this powerful piece about his dad, genealogy and the gift of knowing who you are. This share was about his special gift to his dad on Father's Day this year. Read on! I grew up hearing my Dad say how much he wished we knew where our family’s African roots derived from. As a genealogist and our family historian, I wanted to know if, somehow, I could trace our African ancestry back to its...