“Heart of a king, blood of a slave.”
In an effort to unearth his African roots, actor Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) took a DNA test, conducted by African Ancestry Inc., only to discover his great grandmother belonged to the Mende Tribe of what is now Sierra Leone.
It was during his interview with Raquel Cepeda, author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, that the actor’s bloodline was revealed –– a moving revelation that brought him closer to a good friend and fellow actor, Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy).
I’m here on the backs of a lot of people, I didn’t get here by myself.
Check out more of the brief interview in the video above, where Williams gets his life-changing disclosure. Just beautiful.