The Great-Grandfather of Ronda Rousey Was a Black Physician Named Dr. Alfred E. Waddell

Ronda Rousey; Rousey’s great-grandfather Dr. Alfred E. Waddell  PAUL CROCK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES; WIKIPEDIA
Ronda Rousey; Rousey’s great-grandfather Dr. Alfred E. Waddell
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Sometimes, you never know who people have on their family trees. And Ronda Rousey’s mother was proud to let TMZ camera people know that her grandfather was one of the first black physicians in North America. 

TMZ caught up with Rousey and her mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, a world-renowned judo competitor and Native American activist. The camera guy asked Rousey what was the last movie she watched, and even though she tried to get him to leave her alone, Dr. De Mars proudly answered.

“Before His Time. It’s about my grandfather, Ronda’s great-grandfather. They show it during Black History Month every year in Canada because he was one of the first black physicians in North America,” Dr. De Mars told TMZ.

Before His Time tells the story of Dr. Alfred E. Waddell, a native of Trinidad who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, and became a prominent physician after years of struggle.

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Source: The Root | YESHA CALLAHAN