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  •  Wow. That would be wonderful. (7+ / 0-)

    I could just see classes like that, in every neighborhood. I remember when I was younger I was so uninterested in family history. I mean, I knew, or knew of, my uncles and aunts, grandparents, but other than that... I just didn't think there was much to learn. What could there be in that "sordid" history?

    Then, for some odd reason, can't remember what, I started looking one generation beyond my grandparents and, wow! A whole new world opened up. I still avoided the slavery days, though, because... again, what's to learn? Deprivation, humiliation, so on. But I realized (well, actually I say my great-great-great uncle Louis impressed upon me, but he's been dead for a couple hundred years so people might think that a bit strange)... but anyway, for whatever reason I came to the conclusion that in order to understand the rest of the family, and the their lives, trials, triumphs, I had to first understand the beginning. Or, at least as close to the beginning as I could get.

    And, of course, a whole 'nother amazing world opened up, with heroes and villains, love stories and tragedies, triumphs big and small and just some truly phenomenal people.

    If kids could go on that journey, even if they eventually reached that ubiquitous blank wall that slavery eventually throws up, they'd for sure begin to see the connections to the present day and to their present day selves. And would walk a little more proudly and comfortably with their ancestors, I bet.

    “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

    by Nanette K on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 05:25:51 PM PDT

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