I'll define a word that is important to me, and African America.
In the context of Americans of unknown African ancestry, identity takes on tremendous significance. My defintion is: IDENTITY is that delineation of self and all others like you in such a manner as to narrowly circumscribe the common history, ancestry, experience, tradition, and heritage.
Notably both color and race are incidental to the defintion.
You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.