Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 1, 1966
Ethnicity: African-American, some Cajun/French
Don Lemon is an American journalist, author, and television news anchor. He has hosted the show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon since 2014.
Don’s parents are both black. One of his great-grandfathers was white. A DNA test stated that he has roots in Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Congo.
Don’s paternal grandfather was Wilson Lemon (the son of Walter Lemon/Lemmon and Carean/Corinne Jones). Wilson was born in Louisiana. Walter was the son of Eugene Lemon and Virginia Vansaw.
Don’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Merricks (the daughter of Andrew Merricks and Julia Ross). Beulah was born in Louisiana.
Don’s maternal grandfather is named Frank Bouligney.
Don’s maternal grandmother was Mary Henrietta Jackson (the daughter of Harry Octave Rivault and Catherine Jackson). Harry was white, and was the son of Charles Alphonse Rivault and Emilie/Emily Perret Reine. He had both more deep Cajun/French ancestry as well as recent French immigrant roots. Catherine was the daughter of Henrietta Jackson.
Source: Family history of Don’s mother’s side – http://blogs.ancestry.com