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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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Nancy Parker


As a quintessential (white) baby boomer, I never learned anything about African American ...

Brenda Harvey


A great deal of what I learned about our history cane from a book called "Great Negroes ...

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J Taylor


I learned about African American history through my parents and God parents. They were ...


Kristin Cleage


My parents didn’t let the lack of black history in our schools keep us from learning our ...

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Denise Muhammad


Growing up I learned about African-American history from my mother and grandmother. ...

Natalie Willoughby


I remember in both grade school and middle school, the teachers at my small Catholic ...

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Stephani Miller


In San Jose California, in the 7th grade I joined an after school cultural club and the ...


Felicia Mathis


I grew up never knowing anything about my maternal grandmother. I wanted to get to know ...

Elizabeth Waugh


What African American History?? I was a white child growing up in the integrated South in ...

Cynthia Cooper


Lewis Garnett Jordan --- his life, work, and service is nothing less than a miracle. Here ...

Bernice Boddie


The volume Virginia Kaleidoscope covered my family's multinational roots showing me that I ...

Millie McDade Woods


I have just published my memoirs (Aug 2013): "The Journey into the Life of a Southern ...

Susan Husk


As a child, we lived in Louisville, KY. It was on a trip downtown (no malls in the suburbs ...

Allie Freeman


I grew up in a small N.C. town, Mocksville. My grandmother Allie, my parents, Rev. Luther ...


Luckie Daniels


Growing up I was blessed to learn African American and family heritage from the elders of ...

Vika Jordan


I learned about African American history in school and television during my teen years in ...

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True A Lewis


I was at the age of 9 in 1977, when I started listening and asking questions of my Dad ...

Margaret Woodbury


Our family has researched our history/genealogy plus genetic confirmation of our African ...


Karen Sterling


My family is from the Caribbean and we emigrated to the states when I was eight years old. ...

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Ricki Butler

I was very fortunate in that I was in a gifted and talented program in a Harlem elementary ...


Therese Taylor- Stinson


Growing up in DC, I first learned of the accomplishments and struggles of African ...

VanNessa Reed


My parents talked us about the accomplishments of African Americans in our hometown, ...

William Allen


I learned about African American history from my grandfather. He played baseball with the ...

Jackie Lannin


My father was a very social man and had a lot of friends. He would tell us what they had ...


Zainab Saddique M.Ed.


I learned about the struggles of African Americans for the first time in my home with my ...

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Melissa Paige


If I may refer to you as Dr. Gates. The way I learned of the accomplishments of African ...


Christina Page

The Harlee's and Page's hail from Marion County, SC, Dillon County, SC and Robeson County, ...

Edna Coleman


I grew up in the South, small town in Louisiana, Crowley, Louisiana. My great grandmother, ...

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Sheron Bruno


To be very honest, I don't remember learning much about the accomplishments of African ...

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Nicole Eley-Carr


Standing at the "Door of no return" at Goree Island. It's an unbelievable feeling to say ...

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