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?

Karen Lovett

I enjoyed the story about the slaves given safe haven at Fort Monroe, Va. I worked at the fort in 1972 when I was in college and always felt like I was going back in time, going through the casemates and crossing the bridge. I felt safe there for some unexplained reason. Knowing that it was a slave refuge and that the Union army protected our ancestors gives me great pride. Hampton University nearby stands strong as a testament to Black intelligence and initiative. I have always loved Virginia, my birth home, and its history.