J Taylor

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J Taylor Story Many Rivers

I learned about African American history through my parents and God parents. They were all from the South. They shared their own experiences. My mom participated in one of the freedom marches in Alabama. I also learned a lot through Ebony and Jet magazines. My parents purchased the Ebony Pictorial history book set and Alex Haley’s “Roots.” Every summer of elementary school, I would spend the summer in the library with family and friends reading all the Golden Legacy illustrated History magazines. That’s when I first learned about Joseph Cinque, Harriet Tubman, and Toussaint L’Ouverture. In high school, our senior class was the first to have Black History as an elective started by our US history teacher. There we learned about many things including ancient African kingdoms. Today I am still learning. The best way to learn is to get an early start. Use everything: books, credible movies, museum visits, oral histories. Not only for African Americans, but all Americans. I will never forget the emotional impact a visit to the California African American Museum had on my multicultural class of 4th grade students.

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