How Did We
Who are our
ancestors? Why do we honor and remember them? These are
questions each one of us should ask ourselves. Many of us
know and remember our grandparents and some may remember our
great grandparents. What were they like? We may remember
them as being old, sitting in a rocking chair, and telling
us stories about the “old days”. Many times, we could hardly
understand what they were saying, or we did not care to
listen to the same old story being retold countless times.
We should have been more attentive as they spoke of their
mothers, fathers and grandparents. Maybe we would know more
today about our ancestors.
When we ask
ourselves who are our ancestors, we should know that they
are we, and we are them. Each one of us contains some blood,
DNA, likeness, spirit of these ancestors, and they are many.
We all have 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great
great grandparents, 32 great great great grandparents and so
According to genetic scientist, our original ancestor walked
this earth over 80,000 years ago. That ancestor was in East
Africa, and eventually migrated to other parts of Africa,
and to all other parts of the world. Every human alive
today, no matter what race or color, has some DNA from that
original ancestor. The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:27, that
the original man was called “Adam”, and the original woman
was called “Eve”. They are the origins of us all.
When we imagine
their faces, they should look a lot like you and I,
especially our color, black. I believe that the Bible’s
story and the scientist findings are of the same people, the
original man and woman. This means that each one of us has a
very long DNA history inside of us and much to be proud off.
Never let anyone tell you that you came from nothing, and
that your lineage were just slaves. Not so! We now can know
where our ancestors lived in Africa before slavery.