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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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Monique Bronson


My mother's mom was born in Florida in 1913 and her parents to my understanding were born ...

Shirley Johnson


We actually made history. We were an all Black Elementary, High School, and College. We ...

Sheila Harrell


I grew up and experienced first hand racism under "Jim Crow." The separate schools, parks, ...


Bridgette Jordan


I was a very young girl when Roots came out. I remember watching it in the living room ...

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Just watched the first 40 minutes of many rivers to cross, had to turn it off. We truly ...

Yvonne Phillips


Staten Island, 1972 - 1991, I was treated like I was Black, I knew that I was different ...

Mary Gray


Born 1954 in Louisiana and schooled in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the sixties I experienced a ...

Stanley Taylor


Grew up as a military brat, so was exposed to opportunities and other cultures most ...

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We believe that all family history should be told. You never know if what you share may ...

Rosalie Bishop


As a white kid in Iowa I often heard blacks denigrated with the "N" word. I think ...


Daraka Saunders


My name was the first stage of curiosity for me. My father chose names with African ...

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Lenore McKinney

I was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn in 1958 to a white mother and black father and I can ...

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Dr. Fred Poellnitz

Growing up, how did you learn about the accomplishments and struggles of African ...

Denaise Robinson


Even as a toddler my mother impressed upon me how important it was in knowing my history, ...

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Dolores Washington


I can trace my ancestors all the way back to 1811 in South Carolina mostly through death ...

Marcia Laster-Richardson

During my years of schooling, back in the 50's' and 60's, living in the South, ...


Damali Najuma Smith


Growing up, I did not learn in a class or in books about the struggles of African ...

Keith Stokes


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

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Ky'a Jackson


I started working on my family tree in 2000 with my mother. She was the youngest of seven ...

Pamela Lewis


"If Italians can know about Italians, why can't Negroes know about Negroes?" I remember my ...

Monique Hopkins


The most effective way to pass along this rich and growing history to future generations ...

Claudia Williams


As a junior high school student back in the 60s...Brooklyn, my introduction to black ...

Sherry Tucker Brown


As the youngest of five girls growing up in NYC our mother, who was from Virginia, made ...

Joan Holbert-Hubert

I learned about my family history at the feet of my maternal Gr.GrandMother and ...

Nick Brown


Growing up I learned about major accomplishments such as the Civil Rights Act, MLK's ...

Laura Trivett


I remember the very day that I realized I was colored. Being teased in elementary school ...

Terrence Garnett


I was raised by both of my parents (they've been married for 33 years) and knew three of ...

Andrea Kelleher

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



My dad was the one who inspired and encouraged his five year old (baby girl) to "know your ...


R. Califa Calloway


It'd be an unforgettable comment by one of my beloved Community Matriarchs that'd remark ...

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