Black History Month Effort Supports Young Doctor for Nobel Prize
- Black History Month Effort Supports Young Doctor for Nobel Prize
For Black History Month 2006, the Organization of Tribal Unity is
commencing a world-wide effort to generate support for the nomination
of Dr. Rick Kittles of Ohio State University for the Nobel Prize.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 1, 2006 -- For Black History Month
2006, the Organization of Tribal Unity (OTU) is commencing a world-
wide effort to generate support for the nomination of Dr. Rick
Kittles of Ohio State University for the Nobel Prize. The OTU is a
New York non-profit that uses DNA research to link African Diasporans
with their African ethnic and national groups for cultural education
Dr. Kittles, a 40-year-old geneticist who descends from enslaved
Africans, was selected for this honor due to his unique contribution
to the field of genetics. His original DNA research and analysis is
repairing the effects of 450 years of slavery related ethnic
cleansing committed against people of African descent. His unique
method compares genetic sequences to restore ethnic and national
identity -- two of the most fundamental human attributes. Kittles'
own DNA links him to the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria.
Prior to Dr. Kittles' groundbreaking work, this information was
inaccessible to millions of descendants of enslaved Africans. Most
descendants of enslaved Africans have no clue about their African
ethnic or national identities.
"Dr. Kittles' DNA research made it possible for me to know that I
descend from the Tuareg of Niger," said Antoinette Harrell-Miller, Co-
chair of the OTU. In 2004, she went home to Niger and lived a few
weeks with her ethnic people.
Reverend Al Sampson, Pastor of Fernwood United Methodist Church in
Chicago, IL, and Chaplain of the OTU, learned he is Temne of Sierra
Leone from Dr. Kittles' work. He traveled to Sierra Leone in December
2005 and spent a few weeks with his ethnic tribe. He will return in
the Spring of 2006 for an African naming ceremony.
"Thanks to Dr. Kittles, the door of no return has been unlocked. He
deserves the greatest honors and recognition the world has to offer,"
said Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, Founder and Co-Chair of the OTU, and
from the Mende ethnic group of Sierra Leone.
The national and international communities are invited to join in
honoring Dr. Kittles by signing an online petition supporting his
nomination at: http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/KittlesforNobel/
or by sending a letter to: secr-at-mednobel.ki.se, or by mail to:
Nobel Committee 2006
Stockholm, Sweden Fax:+46-8-320365
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ORGANIZATION OF TRIBAL UNITY (OTU)