Rising up within the South, I had no likelihood to be taught my very own heritage and tradition — science weblog

I grew up and attended faculties within the South in an space generally known as the Black Belt, a reputation given to the area due to its giant Black inhabitants and black soil.

I by no means took a course in African American historical past throughout that point, the late Nineteen Eighties and early 90s, regardless of being enveloped in Blackness in my neighborhoods, church buildings and faculties. My information of Black historical past got here as sprinkling rain, a paltry quantity that was by no means sufficient to have a big influence. I wanted a gentle rain of data to counter the anti-Blackness that inundates our society.

My house state of Alabama nonetheless doesn’t have a state-approved African American historical past course. That is appalling contemplating Alabama’s seminal place in Civil Rights and Black historical past, with such occasions because the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Birmingham church bombing and the Selma-to-Montgomery march with Dr. King and future senator John Lewis and others.

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