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African Americans Connect with Roots Through DNA

Impatient, Laquana Cooke checked her e-mails every day. She scanned her computer screen in hopes of finally seeing the results of her DNA test. She knew that her family comes from somewhere in Africa, but she wanted to know which country, which culture, which language. “I am a mother and I want to be able to tell my child where we come from,” said Cooke, an English professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. “You know who you are, but the test gives another dimension to your identity.” Six weeks…

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