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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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Bahati Ansari

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My history lessons for me began with my attending Kennedy King College in Chicago, with ...

Y Webb

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My parents were both graduates of HBCU's. My mom a Social Worker and my dad a high school ...

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Debra Mitchell

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Our African American family history was taught, and lived by my grandparents who were ...

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Kurt Rex Cooper

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When I first read about Somersett's case it shook my concept of America's founding and ...

wilhelmina perry

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I grew up in Harlem in a large family of working class parents. I learned about my history ...

Gail Howard-Johnson

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As a sophomore in high school, my history teacher started taking me and a few other ...

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Anna Richardson Boudreaux

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When I was a little girl growing up in Louisiana in the sixties I did not have a clue of ...

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Lyn LeJeune

generations of AfricanAmerican/Cajun women http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FL8LLO0

Denise Crowder

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Growing up I learned about African-American accomplishments from my parents. My mother was ...

Dave

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During the mid to late 60's I learned a few of my civil rights lessons at our family ...

Robert Goins

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In 2001, I began the journey of learning my family history. The generation before me ...

Paul Stefanowicz

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Yes. I come from a largely white NYC suburb. Folks like Dr. Gates educate by making the ...

Kevin Parker

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I knew about the basics of our history but it wasn't until I moved to Atlanta that I was ...

Camille

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I learned about accomplishments and struggles of African Americans through black history ...

Lauren Wanveer

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Growing up in Virginia in the 1980s I was told most slave owners were benevolent and ...

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Deborah L. Parker

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Growing up, African American history was part of my life in many ways. Coming of age in ...

Annette Solomon

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My mom told us stories of relatives "passing" and consequences if they were found out. ...

decarlo wilson

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my story is quite simple. mr. gates please stop referring to our ancestors by the label ...

Eugenia Russell

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The United Martin Family has traced its first African ancestor. Her slave name was Traci ...

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

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I grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a multi-ethnic community--my friends actually ...

William Ford

I am a 56 year old male who was born in 1957 on a farm in Dillon, South Carolina. When I ...

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Kent Boone

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When I was growing in the 70's we had anything in our history books about the African ...

Carlise

I first learned about African American History from my junior high language arts teacher ...

Jann Ballard

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Just reading all the stories bring back memories. I too was brought up with both parents ...

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George Geder

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When I was in junior high school, my English teacher taught us about capitalizing proper ...

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Keith Stokes

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My grandmother once told me, "Slavery is simply how we got here, it tells you nothing ...

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Renee Prewitt

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I was a fifth grader at James McCosh Public School in Chicago and we went on a field trip ...

Dave Mitchell

I grew up near Boston in an all white suburb with little knowledge of African Americans or ...

Bernice Baxter

I was blessed to have attended the Fredrick Douglass Elementary School in Philadelphia, ...

Vanessa Newton

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I learned about my African American history through my Great Grand Parents, Grand Parents, ...

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