Family Twist Podcast Episode 36: Elation and anger: Finding roots in Ghana
Our guest this episode is Ron Claiborne. Ron was part of ABC News for more than three decades, and he discovered his ancestry live on an episode of “Good Morning America.” Millions of Americans refer to themselves as African American, yet many can only trace their ancestry post-slavery. Ron found his roots in Ghana, in the Ashanti region. “God, I wish my father was here to learn this with me. He would have been so delighted,” Ron said.
“I was floating for a long time. … Elation turned to anger. Trying to imagine my distant relative. What happened to him or her hundreds of years ago. The agony. Put on a slave ship.”
Ron called his outrage “righteous” but he wanted to make something constructive of it, and immediately decided to visit Ghana.” “I have to touch this land; connect with it.”