Born in Guilford County, North Carolina, in 1888 & 1890 this lovely duo is Marvin & Mattie Brooks, affectionately known as “Papa & Granny.” Together they raised 15 children. They are the parents of my grandmother who was the eldest sister of the bunch. They owned a nice size farm on what is now called Pisgah Church Rd. in Greensboro, NC, and many elite whites came to them for their prime dairy and meat products. North Carolina A&T State University was erected in 1893, so needless to say, this college served as a kind of rites of passage for generations in our family. If you didn’t graduate, you had to at least go there before you could go on other adventures. I am more than proud to have their blood flowing through my body and I give thanks to them and God everyday for their ability to be entrepreneurs during some of the hardest times. If they can do it I have no excuses.