About TAKiR


  • Reunite African families who were separated by the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Encourage identity development, psychological well-being, and a sense of belonging among reunited family members
  • Encourage community building and community development


  • DNA Testing through AncestryDNA (Autosomal)
  • Blog stories about reunion experiences
  • Rigorous, peer-reviewed, academic research
  • Events, dialogues, and Family Reunions


The director of TAKiR is LaKisha David, a Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).