I grew up in rural east Texas during the late 1940s through 1962; a time when education for people of color scarcely made mention of the role blacks in the development of the United States.
Except for brief mentions of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and on occasion, people like Sojourner Truth, black contributions to history, if indeed they were mentioned at all, went by so fast, I grew up thinking that the primary role of my black ancestors was as slave labor, and the shuffling, slow talking, goggle-eyed comic relief in films dominated by heroic, blue-eyed white characters.
Except for the slave part, the same could be said of Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
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Causes Charles Ray Supports
The Nature Conservancy
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial