Khandi Alexander

by bearboy on May 23, 2016

LOS ANGELES - FEB 10:  Khandi Alexander at the African American

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1957

Ethnicity: African-American (including Nigerian), some English and Scottish

Khandi Alexander is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress. Her parents, Alverina Yavonna (Masters) and Harry Roland Alexander, were both black. Khandi has said that, during most of her life, she preferred to identify herself as Black rather than African-American, until she discovered her African ancestry on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in 2014.

Khandi’s paternal grandfather was the son of Josephine Gertrude Allen.

Khandi’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ellen Brown (the daughter of William Brown and Tillie Harrison). Tillie was the daughter of Nicholas P. Harrison and Lenora Love, who were both born into slavery. Nicholas was the son of John Harrison, a white man who owned 156 slaves, and of a black slave woman.

Khandi’s maternal grandparents were Joshua Pinckney Masters (the son of Joshua Pinckney Masters and Charity Murry) and Willa Lee. Khandi’s great-grandfather Joshua was the son of Joshua Masters and Alice Savage.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Khandi’s genetic ancestry is:

*73.9% Sub-Saharan African
*24.1% European
*1.3% East Asian/Native American

In his 2016 book about the show, Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Khandi’s African ancestry includes Nigerian, and that her European ancestry result is West European and Irish, which Gates stated was not surprising for a person with ancestry from England and Scotland.

Sources: Genealogy of Khandi Alexander – http://www.pbs.org

Genealogy of Khandi’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Harrison – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Khandi’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Reuben Henry Harrison and Sarah “Lucy” Burge – https://www.findagrave.com

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

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andrew September 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

delete this: Genealogy of Khandi Alexander – http://www.pbs.org

Tillie Harrison was the daughter of Nicholas P. Harrison and Lenora Love, who were both born into slavery. Nicholas was a mulatto (1880 U.S. Census), the son of John Harrison, a rich white master who owned 156 black slaves.

Joshua Pinckney Masters, Sr., was the son of Joshua Masters and Alice Savage

http://ec2-54-235-253-171.compute-1.amazonaws.com/weta/finding-your-roots/blog/khandi-alexanders-interactive-family-tree/

Genealogy of John Harrison: https://www.geni.com/people/John-Harrison/5505118936140074388?through=6000000006851964536

his father: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26816774

follers September 17, 2017 at 7:54 am

How do you know that’s the same John Harrison?

andrew September 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

No doubt about that. Check the book “Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series” by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

andrew September 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm

add Chris Cooper’s Chochtaw ancestry

neiltennant June 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm

AGAIN awful photo

actually she is a good looking woman

but here she looks like a woman, hugh grant would be keen on dating

bleachsoda June 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm

she looks quarter native and 1% european in my opinion

Kimmel June 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

For such a small percentage, her East Asian roots play a dominate role.

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