18 February 2014
For one thing, black history, like all history, isn’t stagnant, said William Hughes.
“In the black community our history continues from day to day,” said Hughes, a former school board member. “We always talk about our history and it evolves month to month, year to year. It’s a valued history that should be taught more in our schools.”
Many blacks who try to trace their genealogy run into roadblocks unlike others who came to the United States by choice. That’s in part because for so many years, black slaves didn’t have a last name and legal records weren’t kept in the same way they were for whites. While free blacks had legal rights, slaves did not. They were listed as property. And for so many years, it was illegal for blacks to be literate.
Add a comment