Nicole Avery

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Dr. Gates,

Thank you for affording the world the comprehensive data supplied in The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. It has truly awakened my desire to research contributions made by self-described, and American deemed, African Americans. I spent my youth in a number of foster homes/facilities, but there was one particular home in which my foster mother who was originally from Georgia demanded that I and my two siblings intake as much black history stories/tidbits as possible. I remember my foster mother purchasing black history comic books (I was a comic book feign) to make reading the information more enjoyable. I also credit my elementary/jr. high school teachers for instilling black pride and providing historical references in their classes. Because of experiences shared at these levels, I have become a college professor, vowing to commit to the same level of excellence which undergirded my way of learning.

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