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Daraka Saunders

My name was the first stage of curiosity for me. My father chose names with African origins which had me seeking more about my family and my culture. My dad has West Indian and Asian ancestry. My mom is African American with ancestors from Louisiana and Georgia. My maternal grandmother would sit with me and show me our ancestors in family photos. In college, I had to do a genealogical report for a class and family members opened up more about our past. I learned that I had a Jamaican uncle who resettled in Africa, post slavery in Liberia. Ultimately, I have learned that our history does not begin with slavery. We are connected to dynasties of vast wealth and knowledge. Many of today’s inventions, discoveries and progress come from links to our culture in Africa. Thank you for a forum to share the positive aspects and history of our culture.