AFRICAN FAMILY REUNION
On June 19, 2015, the Restitution Study Group via its Organization of Tribal Unity (OTU) division, commenced The African Family Reunion -- an effort to DNA test African nationals. These test results are then matched with African Americans in DNA databases. The goal is unite families separated due to the antebellum slave trade to foster healing and cross-cultural education.
While DNA tests have been able to help African Americans identify their African ethnic groups, direct connection to actual cousins is novel.
Tests are being administered to West African nationals with African national parents and grandparents on maternal and paternal sides.
Kicking-off African Family Reunion on Juneteenth 2015 with ceremony and DNA testing at the United Nations Ark of Return with OTU, UNICEF colleagues, New Future Foundation, and Friends of the African Union.