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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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Nick Schafer

A few years ago I was at a swap meet and stumbled upon a group of people tearing through a ...


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. ...

Daryl Cromer


I reside in Pacolet, S.C. in Spartanburg County and for the past 30 years have been an ...

Kathleen O'Connor Wang

I am thankful to Henry Louis Gates for his efforts to bring forth the history of black ...

Nicole Avery


Dr. Gates,Thank you for affording the world the comprehensive data supplied in The ...

Eunice Trotter


I have researched an ancestor about whom a documentary has been produced by some retired ...


kim mccall


I learned from my grandmother and mother about our history. In highschool I took Black ...

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Christine Easterling


A Giant for Justice tells the amazing true story of legendary educator and retired ...

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Bernice Bennett


Coming in March, 2014Our Ancestors, Our StoriesWhat was life like for ...

Vicky Foster


This is the story of my husband, Silas Foster. He wants to learn more of his family. His ...

Robert Terry


What follows is a summery of the work I'm engaged in which I'm soliciting your opinion on, ...

D Shearon


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

Kathleen O'Connor Wang


When I was a freshman in college I took speech as an elective and found Sojourner Truth's ...

Cedric Bell


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

Kathy White Smith


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


Dr. Ira Davis


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

Sabrina Graham


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

Jacquelyn Stephens-Ramsey


I grew up in Sacramento and remember reading in the 4th grade in my history book one ...


Solomon Titus Taylor


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




I am the current day, NAACP President of Madera County, CA 93637, and my Mother's Family ...

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Christine Castro


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


Randi McCray


I learned about history from my older brother. He was in college while I was young. As he ...

Mark Givens


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

James Daniels


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

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Sharon Molter


My high school had one black student. He seemed always alone. I greeted him with a smile ...

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Dr. Gates, I would love for you to come to NC and to the New Hanover County Public Library ...

bernadette teague


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

Gail R. Campbell


I grew up on Twin Peaks, San Francisco, with professional parents who hired others to care ...

Karen Glovka

When I was in fourth grade, my parents moved to a multiracial neighborhood in San ...

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