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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


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

Y Webb


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


Debra Mitchell


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


Kurt Rex Cooper


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

wilhelmina perry


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

Gail Howard-Johnson


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


Anna Richardson Boudreaux


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


Lyn LeJeune

generations of AfricanAmerican/Cajun women

Denise Crowder


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



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

Robert Goins


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

Paul Stefanowicz


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

Kevin Parker


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



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

Lauren Wanveer


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


Deborah L. Parker


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

Annette Solomon


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

decarlo wilson


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

Eugenia Russell


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

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes


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 ...


Kent Boone


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


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

Jann Ballard


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


George Geder


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


Keith Stokes


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

Stevenson Elem School

Renee Prewitt


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


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

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