I’m excited about our newest partnership with the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the oldest African American fraternity in the United States!
Today marks their 103rd Founders Day celebration as well as the launch of the Brother Simon Alexander Haley Initiative. Through this initiative, African Ancestry will help Alphas across the country research their family histories and trace their ancestral pasts.
Over 30 years ago, it was Alex Haley, the son of an Alpha man, who opened our collective eyes to the rich and valuable histories of our families. We sat glued to the TV set night after night with a sense of pride in our African roots. Haley had a rare gift, the gift of family stories that had been passed down, intact, through the many generations. Sharing his gift with the world sparked an unprecedented interest in genealogy among African Americans.
Most of us quickly learned that we were not going to find our Kunta Kinte. However, Haley’s legacy lives today through genetic ancestry tracing. Technology enables us to make transformative connections with our African roots. We are honored that Alpha President Skip Mason chose to partner with African Ancestry to move his organization forward while keeping them grounded in their powerful pasts.