It’s difficult to believe that such a simple question could cause bewilderment and angst. However, to many people of African descent living in the Americas and the Caribbean, this question, along with a true sense of their heritage, remains unknown. As a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, many of the descendants of the 12 to 15 million people transported from Africa to be enslaved in the western hemisphere have been left unaware of their African ancestry.
With the help of African Ancestry, the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI) was able to take the mystery out of family origins for four UMB students.
On Thursday, March 10 Ivory Ward (SOD), Maya Hanna (SOP), Rodcliffe Wint (SOD), and Marla Yee (SOD) will gather in front of their peers on the SMC Campus Center 1st floor stage to learn their ancestry results.
They were selected during a United Students of African Descent event in November and asked to provide oral swabs for DNA testing. Their DNA was then compared to the indigenous African genetic sequences of African ethnic groups dating back to more than 500 years ago.
African Ancestry Reveal
Thursday, March 10
5 to 6 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 1st Floor Stage
Authentic West African cuisine will be served!
The Ancestry Reveal with African Ancestry is part of ISLSI’s Black History Month, which falls under the department’s Diversity Celebrations. Visit the ISLSI site for more information on diversity events.