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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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Dr. Ira Davis


As a thirty-eight year old man, I can recall first learning about the accomplishments and ...


Charles Atkinson


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Nancy Ceballos


I spent my formative years in Boston where I was born. My Aunt married a biracial man when ...

Shereen Hart


All was not "warm and fuzzy" in west Georgia in the mid-1960s. I grew up in a family and ...


Nancy Braye Washington


I learned of our rich history growing up in my hometown of Tuskegee in the '60s and '70s. ...

Denise Crowder


Growing up I learned about African-American accomplishments from my parents. My mother was ...

Kevin Parker


I knew about the basics of our history but it wasn't until I moved to Atlanta that I was ...


Kristin Cleage


My parents didn’t let the lack of black history in our schools keep us from learning our ...

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