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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?
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Alice Player


If only I could go back and NOW pay attention to the stories that were shared with me when ...


Ghana White


My knowledge of our history was taught to me by my parents. Also at freedom school on ...

Paula Corley


I learned from my parents. My father, Averitte W. Corley, taught me about our family from ...

Derek Hankerson


Our story has been carried with us since we were children. During the 6th Annual 2012 ...

Barbara Adderley

My grandfather, who I never met, was born a slave in Rixeyville, VA but was freed after ...


Lisa Thomas

I learned about African American history through my Great Aunt who was always so in touch ...

Dianna Penny


I am descended from a fugitive slave who escaped from a plantation in southern Missouri in ...

Ida & the Sphinx

Ida Cochrane


Growing up, how did I learn about the accomplishments and struggle of African Americans. ...


Christopher Freeman

I learned about African American history from my parents, their brothers and sisters, also ...

Ophelia Jones Bryant

Andrea Kelleher

I would have to say that I learned more about African American history in the last five ...

Tom Munyon Main

Thomas Munyon

I grew up with six siblings in Los Alamos, NM, where Anglos, Hispanics (we knew them as ...

Mumbet cover

Jana Laiz


A Jewish girl, I grew up in White Plains, NY, in a very multiracial neighborhood. I had ...


Lisa Thomas


I learned about African American history through my Great Aunt who was always so in touch ...


donna johnson


I don't have a particular story per say, but I've always been of the mind set that no one ...

great gma and paw (Alice &cappy)

Darleen Colette Armour


I started researching my family tree about 6 years ago and got hooked after I did my ...


Nadia Rey


Mom spent years instilling the importance of identity and history. The first time I teased ...


Penny Truitt

I am a mixed race military brat. When we returned to the US from Europe in the early 80's ...

Sharon Banfield Murphy


I attended private school and learned very little about slavery in the 50's. It wasn't ...

Ronda Chappelle


My mother. I was born in '72. As long as I can remember we had Ebony and Jet magazines in ...


Carol Dempsey


I am a descendent of Abram Brown' and Molly Seldons from family is listed on ...

USMC Millington

Ahmad Daniels


I was a U.S. Marine stationed in Millington, TN, in January of 1967. I put on my uniform ...


My story is like most Southerners of African descent. We were told about MLK and how good ...

Hattie and Monroe, brother & sister

Pamela Singleton


I never thought that I would be researching my family history until my cousin Bertha ...

Lisa Agyemang-Duah


I learned about African-American history from my wonderful, loving and nurturing ...


Tammy Johnston

Both sets of grandparents - maternal (pictured) and fraternal were instrumental in ...


Debra Mitchell


I learned from my grandparents, and other family who worked hard for freedom through being ...


Carolyn Towler-Johnson


My grandmother is the beautiful woman in the middle. We found out the name of our ancestor ...


Jessie Affelder


I grew up in Washington, DC. and went to the March and heard MLK. My mother was very ...

Mallorie KM Berger, MS


How did I learn my/history? Very interesting question. I knew all of my Grandparents and ...


Nancy Braye Washington


I learned of our rich history growing up in my hometown of Tuskegee in the '60s and '70s. ...

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