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?

D Shearon

As a white military child I saw “colored only” restrooms and fountains in city parks in Cincinnati. After marrying a Russian with a 154 IQ, a paradigm shift took place in my life where I learned I had been “brainwashed” about my country. As a state employee I became exposed to many 1st class humans who had the beautiful distinction of having black skin. I have to say that if I had to battle through all the indignities black folk fight through every day, I would have been imprisoned long ago – or worse. In that way, and perhaps many others, the black men and women I work with are better people than I. They had to be. This generation of black youth graduating from colleges is quite impressive. For some the many rivers crossed have made for exceptionally strong swimmers in the broad river of life we are all carried by.