New York, NY (PRWEB) February 2, 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 opportunities.
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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