(New York-AP) February 26, 2007 - The Reverend Al Sharpton wants a DNA test to confirm that his great-grandfather as a slave was owned by an ancestor of Senator Strom Thurmond.
Sharpton told the New York Daily News he can't be any more shocked that he was when the tie was first reported.
A spokeswoman for the civil rights leader, Rachel Noerdlinger, confirmed Monday morning that Sharpton plans to pursue DNA testing. She had no further details.
Thurmond ran for president as a segregationist in 1948. Sharpton ran for president four years ago calling for racial equality.
Genealogists working for Ancestry.com found that Sharpton's great-grandfather Coleman Sharpton was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond's great-great-grandfather.