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?

Sharon Molter

My high school had one black student. He seemed always alone. I greeted him with a smile each time I saw him, but felt too shy to do more. I never forgot this. Finally, years later I attended a motorcycle field event. My husband and I were the only two white people there. It was daunting to experience being a minority. It was organized, fun and safe in a family way. I realized at this time I had learned a degree of prejudice, and misconceptions about this great group of people. My Mom always said to accept all people as equals, but confronted with a black doctor in her later years, was afraid he could not be capable. I was ashamed. Today I work every day to live a life without prejudice. I am proud of my family for sharing this effort.