Stedman Graham

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Graham in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Stedman Graham, Jr.

Place of Birth: Whitesboro, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 6, 1951

Ethnicity: African-American

Stedman Graham is an American educator, author, businessperson, speaker, and podcaster.

He was born and raised in Whitesboro, New Jersey, in the local black community, the son of Mary Amelia (Jacobs) and Stedman Worth Graham. He stated in an article at ABC News:

As a person of mixed Native American and African American ancestry, I was light-skinned.

Stedman’s parents were both African-American. It is not clear if Stedman’s Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. It is also possible that he has significant European ancestry.

Stedman’s paternal grandfather was named James H. Graham.

Stedman’s paternal grandmother was named Lula Lunetta Spaulding. Lula was born in North Carolina.

Stedman’s maternal grandfather was Willie Cleveland Jacobs (the son of William Bunn Jacobs and Delphia Ann Moore). Stedman’s grandfather Willie was born in North Carolina. Stedman’s great-grandfather William was the son of Nelson Jacobs and Eliza. Delphia was the daughter of Israel Moore, Sr. and Ann Eliza Spaulding.

Stedman’s maternal grandmother was Elvira Lois Webb (the daughter of William Barty Webb and Mary Arrie Chauncey). William was the son of Soloman Webb and Elva Spaulding.

Stedman’s partner is media proprietor Oprah Winfrey.

Source: Genealogy of Stedman Graham –


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He does not lie. Though Spaulding members may identify as “Native Americans”, they are actually a white-black mix.

    This guy himself looks like a Gene Hackman-type wkth a black grandparent lol….

  2. muricansareallmutts says:

    An elderly Arab.

  3. MLCLM93 says:

    Stedmans family comes from the tri-racial isolate community known as the Coharie. The Coharie are a Native American tribe consisting of multiple generations of African-European-Native American admixture. Certain members of the community may have more African-European admixture than the minority portion of the community who have Predominant American Indian ancestry.

  4. andrew says:

    His Spaulding ancestors are known to have Lumbee Native American ancestry.

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