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African-American history has played an integral role in the shaping of politics, economics, and culture in the United States. Growing up, how did you learn about the accomplishments and struggles of African Americans? Were you in a classroom? Reading a book? Talking with relatives or friends? How has your understanding or knowledge of African-American history changed and/or developed over time? What do you think is the most effective way to pass along this rich and growing history to future generations?
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D Shearon

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As a white military child I saw "colored only" restrooms and fountains in city parks in ...

Mark Givens

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I, Mark A. Givens, was aware of my African heritage and all thing relative to being an ...

James Daniels

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I am a 69 year old Black Man, whose first encounter with racism occurred when I was 3 or 4 ...

bernadette teague

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I live in Jacksonville, FL, where we have a high school named after N.B.Forrest. When I ...

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Kalyn Chapman James

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I learned about racism from firsthand experiences growing up in Mobile, Alabama. Growing ...

Elaine Burnett

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I was raised by Catholic nuns in a children's home, and went to a private Catholic school. ...

Tam Nichols

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The African Americans Many Rivers To Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is such a ...

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Lana Tyehimba

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I grew up in Detroit in the 1960s, during the city’s industrial and musical heyday. My ...

T.S. Boykins

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I was raised in very diverse Miami. My parents were raised in Mississippi and Alabama. My ...

Beverly Steele

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40 acres & a mule- I live where freed slaves’ descendants still own their 40 acres. ...

Martha Hardy-Sanders

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I was always asking questions when I was a little girl because I wanted to know or I ...

Derek Hankerson

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Our story has been carried with us since we were children. During the 6th Annual 2012 ...

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Nadia Rey

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Mom spent years instilling the importance of identity and history. The first time I teased ...

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Carol Dempsey

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I am a descendent of Abram Brown' and Molly Seldons from Virginia..my family is listed on ...

Mallorie KM Berger, MS

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How did I learn my/history? Very interesting question. I knew all of my Grandparents and ...

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Stephani Miller

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In San Jose California, in the 7th grade I joined an after school cultural club and the ...

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Zainab Saddique M.Ed.

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I learned about the struggles of African Americans for the first time in my home with my ...

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