I, Mark A. Givens, was aware of my African heritage and all thing relative to being an African- American in the south from my parents (Paul and Carrie Givens Sr.). For you see , I grew up in Charleston, SC ( yeah, the end of The Middle Passage ) during the 60’s. My mother was a political activist and my father was sort of a Griot. My parents shared and told us real stories and experiences. …and by the way,I am Geechie and speak Gullah.