Foxx learns his African roots

For years, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx could trace his ancestors no further than a mid-19th century slave auction in Moore County.

Until Thursday night.

That’s when he learned that a DNA test reveals he’s descended from the Fulani people of northern Nigeria, a tribe of nomads, herdsmen and warriors almost 6,000 miles away.

“It’s pretty powerful,” Foxx said after a presentation of the findings at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture. “It opens a new understanding that I didn’t have before.” Read more . . .

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