African-American Celebrities Who Traced Their African Roots

Isaiah Washington (Sierra Leone)

American actor Isaiah Washington had his DNA analyzed in 2005. He found that his ancestors hailed from the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone. He traveled to Sierra Leone to help its people. He founded the Gondobay Mango Foundation to help rebuild Sierra Leone; one village at a time. He is the first African-American to be granted dual citizenship in Sierra Leone based on DNA testing.


Michael K. Williams (Sierra Leone)

The Wire actor was born and raised in Brooklyn. His father is from down south and his mother is from Bahamas. Michael William’s friend and fellow actor Isaiah Washington encouraged him to trace his roots with the help of DNA test. His DNA analysis indicated that his ancestors are from the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone.


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