I grew up in a small N.C. town, Mocksville. My grandmother Allie, my parents, Rev. Luther and Mrs. Gertude Howell, would talk to us around the breakfast and dinner table about our people. I had a first grade teacher who taught my brother and sisters and them me. We called her Miss Geneva. When I went to Clark-Atlanta, I took a course – Negro History which covered it all. I must not forget neighbors, a couple had been enslaved or knew relatives who spoke about the experience. We learned to be proud and appreciative for our freedom and to admire the ancestors for their strength and courage. We learned about early civilization and the contribution of our folks.