Sunday, May 6, 2012

Finding Your Roots - The students from Guinea Bissau

I watched an episode of a new series "Finding Your Roots" with Henry Louis Gates. This episode featured Samuel L Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons. I really liked the show and found it to be very interesting and even though none of these guests had roots back to Guinea Bissau, the episode did highlight a project called the Continuum Project which took place in a Brooklyn middle school. The students had their DNA traced.

I am not familiar with the project but a couple of the students on the show were identified as Fulani from Guinea Bissau. Hmmmm how interesting!! I wonder if the students might want to participate in our It Takes a Village project?

Well, I certainly don't know the answer to that question, but it never hurts to ask. Right? So, this week I will begin to research this possibility.

Suggestions Welcome!
FACT: Only 15% of DNA traced descendants have roots to Guinea Bissau. That is about 30,000 people since 2002
My horoscope is crazy good for May (it's my birthday month) 
Wish me luck!

Here's the full episode. If you didn't see it, pull up a chair and enjoy!

                         Watch Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, and Ruth Simmons on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.

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