It was during the fall of 2000 something, when I realized I didn’t know enough about myself to help my seven year old with his family heritage school project. The task was simple. Create a place mat using pictures and images of your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc., along with items that represent the heritage and culture of your country.
I thought this would be a breeze, until my son started asking questions about Africa. After all, he is African American. Why wouldn’t he want to include information about Africa? Shamefully, many of my answers ended with, “I just don’t know.” I couldn’t, in good conscience, fill my son’s heritage mat with things related to African culture when I didn’t know for certain that’s where we came from.
This uncertainty led me to research my ancestry, which revealed I originate from the copper-colored races of people the Europeans found right here in America. I also learned a great deal about people of color in America, that you won’t find in the typical history books. In this blog, I will share the fact-based information I encountered in order to enlighten people of color in America.
Inspired by Sister Yaffa Bey. Thank you for the knowledge.