In honor of back history month, we interviewed some of our culture collective members to find out about their black history knowledge.
We gained their perspective by asking them a series of questions that gave us an insight into how this important subject is.
Our last interview was with Flw_in who is an extremely talented musician that composes, creates, plays and writes music for himself and others. Hailing from North Carolina, we delve into his experiences to see how black history is represented in the USA when he grew up there.
What do you know about black history?
Not nearly as much as I should. Learning about black history is a never-ending journey. I'm learning something everyday about my history, our history.
And it's fulfilling.
Right now I'm learning about political movements that occurred in Guinea-Bissau and the influences of Almícar Cabral and James Baldwin. I'll spend the rest of my life studying black history.
Did you learn about black history in school?
Yes, but it was poorly represented. Slavery and the civil rights movement. Not much more. I was fortunate enough to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, one of the most celebrated black colleges and universities in the States. Everything was black! And that's where I began to accept my blackness and fall in love with it.
The environment on campus stirs something in your soul. Almost like you're chosen to be there for more than just a degree. Damn! I got goosebumps!
Do you think it should be taught in schools?
Yes. I graduated high school only knowing that black people were slaves and that we fought for our rights during the 1960s.
I didn't know any black inventors like Lewis Latimer that made a key component to making the light bulb possible.
I didn't know about black entrepreneurs like Madam C.J. Walker or Annie Malone. Had I known there were black millionaires when I was a kid, I'd have done things differently.
What do you think the benefit would be of having more
black history knowledge?
"I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going." — Maya Angelou.
The benefit of knowing black history is you continue evolving. We shouldn't be repeating history over and over. I think that's what happens when you don't know what territory has already been marked by us.
We've accomplished so much and we owe it to our ancestors to uncover their stories that have been hidden from public view, and celebrate them! Then create our own story in the process. I want to be celebrated long after I'm gone because I am black history.
It's important that we educate ourselves to unlock our history and learn more about our amazing roots. Although American slavery was apart of our history, it only makes up for 1% of all the black history that is out there in the world!
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