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Re: [Reviews] 'Finding Oprah's Roots'; a review

Constantine is also my 2nd great grandfather, (through his youngest son (William "Colonel" Winfrey)and a couple of us quietly researched his existance and other family members, albiet without extensive resources - for 15 years. I've had more success with my mother's side of the family (non-Winfrey). So it was amazing to see my "Winfrey" research validated by Dr. Gates and his team. Prior to the book/series it was a quietly pleasant private hobby that that could be shared with among so well known extended family. Ultimately -What made Dr. Gates's work enjoyable was the dots he connected regarding Constantine's gains in education and land ownership - things I didn't know. I'm biased of course - but the book does make an excellent book for someone just starting out. I think every African American should do their level best to find out as much as they can in order to gain a deeper understanding of who they are today - and where they can go tomorrow. Sankofa!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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