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...

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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...

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