Finding Dad on Facebook


Typing his father's name into Facebook, NewsOne contributor Terrell Jermaine Starr wasn't sure what he'd find. But thanks to technology, Starr was reunited with a man who held the key to his past and hope for his future.

When I was at the weakest point in my life, the man who I thought I would never need or meet became my lifeline, and the thing is, it all happened through this great invention called "Facebook."

At the time, a good friend of mine in the country of Moldova found her son via Facebook, so that made me curious enough to use the same method to find my father. I wasn't thinking anyone would reply quite frankly. I mean, how many men in their 50s would respond kindly to a Facebook message suggesting that they had a 29-year-old son he had never met?

I was at the intellectual zenith of my life at 29 years old, living in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar, when I decided to type the name "Chris Truesdale" in the search box. Several names appeared. I then wrote a note with all of the details of the circumstances under which my father and my mother met and pressed "send."


Read Terrell Jermaine Starr's entire piece at NewsOne.

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Terrell Jermaine Starr is a senior editor at AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter.

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