Saturday, 12 March 2011

Lionel Richie Cries For Ancestor

Family tree on Who Do You Think You Are? has been traced by Lionel Richie and he fought back tears.

The singer found that his civil rights pioneering great-grandfather was buried in a pauper's grave.

He said: 'We take so much for granted. This is about as close to a spiritual awakening as I've ever had in my entire life.'

Former Commodores star Richie said: 'When we first started this journey I was always thinking we might uncover an ancestor like this [a slave owner], but this is unnerving in one respect, and empowering in another. It was an extremely brutal time.'

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