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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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Patricia Kelly


I learned from watching events unfold on TV, then travelled to study in Ghana. I visited ...


Lee Weal


As a child growing up in the 60s, I learned about the civil rights movement by living it. ...

Sabrina Graham


As a child, living on the east side of Buffalo, NY, with a single mother, I was distinctly ...


Solomon Titus Taylor


My name is Solomon, and I am a child of the Titus family of Sumter, SC. I have found and ...

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Christine Castro


Dr. Gates- I am the eldest of the fourth generation of immigrant great grandparents. ...

Ramone Smith


I was born and raised in Boston M.A. in the 60's and 70's respectively. I went to college ...

Ruby Wilson


My brother, retired Naval Officer and Chaplain Charles E. Wilson, is the Crawford-Wilson ...

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David Wilson, son of a slave, was the 7th of 11 children, born in South Carolina. He ...


Donna Lee


Yes! There are deliberate and malicious blocks and obstacles, including racism, which the ...

Mark Griffin


JohnnyPump Tales were inspired by my role as a father. In 2011, I became a single parent ...


charles dey


ARTIST STATEMENT As a child, I used to draw on open spaces: tiny shreds of paper, bedroom ...

lillie critten


Professor Gates thank you for Many Rivers to Cross. I grew up in the segregated south of ...


Sikkim Assing


I attended Concord Baptist Elementary School in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. At that school, I was ...

Latoya Ashley


I loved reading about American black history as a elementary school student. It was never ...


Taneika Blair


My account for the Civil Rights movement came from the history books like many others. It ...

sheryl davis-cornick


My first lessons in Black History was from my family, my Grandmother in particular gave a ...

wilhelmina perry


I grew up in Harlem in a large family of working class parents. I learned about my history ...

Sheila Harrell


I grew up and experienced first hand racism under "Jim Crow." The separate schools, parks, ...

Denaise Robinson


Even as a toddler my mother impressed upon me how important it was in knowing my history, ...

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Dolores Washington


I can trace my ancestors all the way back to 1811 in South Carolina mostly through death ...

Pamela Lewis


"If Italians can know about Italians, why can't Negroes know about Negroes?" I remember my ...

Claudia Williams


As a junior high school student back in the 60s...Brooklyn, my introduction to black ...

Millie McDade Woods


I have just published my memoirs (Aug 2013): "The Journey into the Life of a Southern ...

Allie Freeman


I grew up in a small N.C. town, Mocksville. My grandmother Allie, my parents, Rev. Luther ...

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Ricki Butler

I was very fortunate in that I was in a gifted and talented program in a Harlem elementary ...

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