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?

Randi McCray

I learned about history from my older brother. He was in college while I was young. As he gained increased knowledge and understanding in our culture, he was very intentionally in passing that desire to learn on to me. My first book was given to me for Kwanzaa and it was a Zora Neale Hurston book. From there I was introduced to others. More importantly, I began to seek out opportunities and venues in my community that would allow me to learn, develop pride, and become more connected with my history.