A Man from Another Land: How Finding My Roots Changed My Life

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Center Street, Apr 27, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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In this inspirational memoir, Grey's Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington explains how filling in the gaps of his past led him to discover a new passion: helping those less fortunate. DNA testing revealed that Washington was descended from the Mende people, who today live in Sierra Leone. For many people, the story would end with the results of the search; for Isaiah, it had just begun. Discovering his roots has given him a new purpose, to lead an inspirational life defined by faith and charity.

After visiting Sierra Leone, and researching the country and its needs, Washington forged a strong relationship with the Mende people, and was inducted as Chief Gondobay Manga in May 2006. He established The Gondobay Manga Foundation to institute many improvements suggested by the country's people, addressing educational concerns, practical issues (road building, water supply, and electricity), and rehabilitative projects.

Dual citizenship has been a dream of African-Americans such as W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, but Washington became the first to realize that honor in 2008. A twofold milestone, it was also the first time an African president granted citizenship based on DNA.
 

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DNA I am a big fan of Isaiah Washington from TV to movies so I was excited to read his memoir for a chance to get to know the man behind the acting. In this memoir, “A Man from Another Land: How ... Read full review

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Washington—best known for his role as Dr. Burke on Grey's Anatomy and his 2007 dismissal from the show after making a homophobic comment on set—writing with Lavette (coauthor, with Yolanda Adams ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
The Bridge Builder
CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 6
Time to Go Home
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
NOTES
CONTENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Lavaille was inspired by her younger brother Tyrone to create the character Roopster Roux to encourage him to learn to read.

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