Posted on February 23, 2023

Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis Learns Surprising Genealogy on “Finding Your Roots”

Kelly McClure, Salon, February 22, 2023

On Tuesday’s episode of “Finding Your Roots,” civil rights activist Angela Davis learned a series of surprising facts about her ancestral history, but one revelation left her outright shocked.

{snip} Davis grew up not knowing her maternal grandparents since her mother had grown up in a foster home, so she was eager to see if host Henry Louis Gates Jr. could solve that life-long mystery for her. {snip}

“You are descended from one of the 101 people who sailed on the Mayflower,” Gates said, presenting Davis with a manifest including the name of her 10th great-grandfather.

William Brewster, a decedent from Davis’ father’s side, was born in England roughly around 1570, according to research conducted by Gates, and was one of the first settlers in America {snip}