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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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Cedric Bell

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Hello Mr. Gates and thank you for giving me a chance to share my family story. Since I ...

Kathy White Smith

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I remember being in elementary school in about the fourth grade. It was my own curiosity ...

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Margaret Lewis

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Being born in Nashville, TN, and attending college in Arkansas, during those years when ...

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Katherine Hayes

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As an African American woman, I see so much working in a token booth at High Street in ...

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Lisa Thomas

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I learned about African American history through my Great Aunt who was always so in touch ...

Paul Stefanowicz

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Yes. I come from a largely white NYC suburb. Folks like Dr. Gates educate by making the ...

Yvonne Phillips

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Staten Island, 1972 - 1991, I was treated like I was Black, I knew that I was different ...

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Daraka Saunders

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My name was the first stage of curiosity for me. My father chose names with African ...

Cynthia Cooper

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Lewis Garnett Jordan --- his life, work, and service is nothing less than a miracle. Here ...

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