Friday, March 12, 2010
Guess What? You Adopted an African Princess!!
The other day, I was sitting in my doctor's office flipping through magazines when I came across the most amazing story in an old copy of Glamour.
Titled, "The Real Princess Diaries," it is the story of Sarah Culberson, a young Mixed woman adopted by White parents in West Virginia. Turns out, Culberson discovered that her birth father -- who is still alive -- came from a long line of chiefs in Sierra Leone, making her a princess. Apparently, her adoptive parents had no idea that the one-month old baby girl they were adopting came from African royalty. Even if they did, do you think they would have raised her any differently?
You can watch the video above to hear Culberson herself tell her story and then if you want more information about the foundation she started to help the people in her father's war-ravaged village in Sierra Leone, visit the website at Bumperfund.org.
How's that for a feel-good, fascinating, Friday story? If you still want more details, Culberson has penned a memoir called A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All. It sounds like my kind of book as it tells not only her story of searching for her birth parents and her eventual reunification with her dad (mom passed away from cancer) but it also is a racial-identity coming of age story. I think a lot of people could find something of interest in her story. What about you? Are you interested? Have you heard about Sarah Culberson already?