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Is Pilar Sanders black?

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Pilar Biggers Sanders Love El-Dey says she is "a true Moor" and belongs to a movement that attributes Moorish ancestry to people considered black in the United States, according to YRB magazine. Moors are a Northwest African Muslim people of Berber and Arab descent.

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The ex-wife of retired football and baseball pro Deion Sanders was born in Elmira, New York. According to the YRB article, she belongs to the Moorish and Divine National Movement of the World.

The Moors who invaded medieval Spain were of the same ethnic and regional origin as today's Moors. Despite some historic use of the term Moor to refer to people of sub-Saharan African ancestry, as those called black usually are, as of 2015, there is little or no evidence that Spain's Moorish occupiers were of sub-Saharan descent.

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