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?

Diane Curry McClinton

This is a pic of my grandmother my mom’s mother Annie B. Patton Warrior at about 18 years old. She was born in 1900 in San Antonio, TX. Her grandmother was a slave. My great-great grandmother, Martha Patton was interviewed in the 1930s part of the slave narratives. My grandmother eloped with my grandfather, Harry L. Warrior, in 1926. They are one of the first black families in Tucson. They had 7 kids, my mom being the fifth. I was proudly born and raised in SOUTH CENTRAL L.A. In 1958. We were redlined and attended segregated schools until my family moved away in 1970 to San Diego. I was blessed to learn about our history in the 7th grade. I had a black study class. Remember those? I was very radical even in Jr. high. I led walkouts on King and Malcolm X birthday with my parents approval. I also attended Jr. college and a State University where I continued my black studies. I am now 50+ and I still cannot get enough! I am loving your series and I will CONTINUE to teach my children and grand children (when I get them) the real American story. Keep up the good work. It isn’t always easy to watch but it gives me strength.