Which Modern Black Notable are you most closely connected to?

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Colin Powell, Katherine Johnson, Lena Horne, Morgan Freeman, Cicely Tyson and Barack ObamaThis week in the Connection Finder, we're featuring Colin Powellformer U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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WikiTree profile: Colin Powell
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (477k points)
edited by Chris Whitten

This is fun! "Barack and Valorie are 8th cousins once removed" through my Booths. heart

"You are 29 degrees from Colin Powell, 25 degrees from Edwin Bocage, 19 degrees from Chris Calloway, 43 degrees from Miles Davis, 23 degrees from Morgan Freeman, 24 degrees from Lena Horne, 19 degrees from Katherine Johnson, 36 degrees from Amelia King, 25 degrees from Bob Moses, 18 degrees from Barack Obama, 44 degrees from Cicely Tyson and 21 degrees from Missy Berryann."

26 Answers

+9 votes

I am most closely connected to Katherine Johnson at 21 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (410k points)
+8 votes
19 degrees to Barack Obama is the closest, and also an 8th cousin twice removed.  The other connections range from 20 (Chris Calloway) to 44 (Cicely Tyson).
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (20.2k points)
Interesting! Obama and I are eighth cousins once removed.
+9 votes
19 degrees from Barack Obama (10th cousins, 2x removed)
19 degrees from Morgan Freeman
19 degrees from Lena Horne
21 degrees from Chris Calloway   (16th cousins, 4x removed)
21 degrees from Katherine Johnson
24 degrees from Edwin Bocage
25 degrees from Bob Moses
28 degrees from Colin Powell
35 degrees from Amelia King
40 degrees from Miles Davis
41 degrees from Cicely Tyson
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (51.2k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+9 votes
28 degrees from Colin Powell, no relation

22 degrees from Edwin Bocage, no relation

19 degrees from Chris Calloway, 12C2R MRCA Douglas-522

40 degrees from Miles Davis,

20 degrees from Morgan Freeman,

28 degrees from Lena Horne,

18 degrees from Katherine Johnson,

34 degrees from Amelia King,

24 degrees from Bob Moses,

15 degrees from Barack Obama, 6C2R MRCA Loftin-83

41 degrees from Cicely Tyson

21 degrees from Missy Berryann 15C2R MRCA Stewart-1622
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 6 (66.3k points)
+10 votes
I am most closely connected to Morgan Freeman at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
+9 votes

16 degrees from Barack Obama (his 5th great-grandmother Mary Grable Duvall's brother Samuel Miller Grable married my 4th great-grandmother Nancy Bridwell's sister Rebecca), and 10th cousins through Mareen Duvall and his 2nd wife Susannah.

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
+8 votes
21 degrees from Chris Calloway and 23 degrees from Kathy Johnson and Barack Obama.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
+7 votes
I'm closest to Chris Calloway, Katherine Johnson, and Barack Obama, all at 22 degrees.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (452k points)
+7 votes

Barack Obama and Patty are 8th cousins, 17 degrees of separation.

Chris Calloway and Patty are 13th cousins twice removed, 16 degrees of separation.

by Patty LaPlante G2G6 Mach 7 (71.8k points)
edited by Patty LaPlante
+7 votes

Most closely connected to Chris Calloway at 15 degrees.  She is also a cousin--we are 8th cousins, once removed.  Our family lines crossed in Nelson County, Virginia, where her father's ancestors, the Cabells (who, sadly, were enslavers of other of her ancestors), were cousins to some of my family that lived in that area for a long time.

One more cousin in this group:  Barack Obama.  He is my 11th cousin, once removed, on his mother's side.

by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 4 (47.8k points)
+5 votes
Barack Obama and I are 14th cousins 3x removed. We are related through Philip Cooke( abt. 1452-1503)
by Michelle May G2G1 (1.2k points)
+5 votes

Barack and Sandra are 14th cousins once removed

by Sandra Vines G2G6 Mach 6 (68.0k points)
+4 votes

(Multiple estimations of my personal heritage all indicate that I have about 1% ancestry from West African, including areas of Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia & Sierra Leone.)

by Bill Vincent G2G6 Pilot (143k points)
edited by Bill Vincent
+4 votes
Chris Calloway - 9th cousin 1x removed; B Obama 7th cousin 2x removed
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
+4 votes
19 degrees from Chris Calloway, 9th cousin

18 degrees from Katherine Johnson, 7th cousin three times removed

18 degrees from Barack Obama, 11th cousin
by Porter Fann G2G6 Mach 5 (56.2k points)
+5 votes
I don't generally have good connections to Americans. The closest in this case are Barack Obama and Chris Calloway at 30 degrees.

(52 degrees from Cicely Tyson.)
by Gary Houston G2G1 (1.2k points)
Amelia King was English, but this is still quite a US-centric list. I noticed that https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mandela-1 seems to be unconnected to the shared tree.
+5 votes

Katherine Johnson is the closest.  Black notables are usually pretty distant from me.  Finding out Diana Ross was my ninth cousin once removed a few weeks ago came right in the midst of a lot of discussion of The Wiz in my circles, so that was pretty special.

30 degrees from Colin Powell

28 degrees from Edwin Bocage

22 degrees from Chris Calloway

43 degrees from Miles Davis

26 degrees from Morgan Freeman

33 degrees from Lena Horne

18 degrees from Katherine Johnson

34 degrees from Amelia King,

28 degrees from Bob Moses

22 degrees from Barack Obama

44 degrees from Cicely Tyson

21 degrees from Missy Berryann

by Scott Hutchins G2G6 Mach 1 (13.1k points)
+6 votes
I am proud to say that Katherine Johnson was a 7th cousin! What an amazing woman!
by Janet Puckett G2G2 (2.4k points)

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