Reconciliation Begins with Knowledge of Contributions by Americans of African Descent

A new dawn is upon us, a 21st Century reconstruction period. The people’s demands can and will move this nation closer to justice, equity, and liberty for all. We have voiced our intentions to do so, and we must continue to move forward as our ancestors did before us, both black and white. The season of greed, corruption, power at any cost, and a shameful justice system must end. Leaders of integrity with intelligence, compassion, confidence, effective leadership skills, and respect and love for the principles on which this nation was founded must be the basis of any individual running for office and any politician seeking to stay in office. Individual merit should be the trait by which men and women are held accountable, rather than the color of one’s heritage.

Who are the Americans of African descent dating back to before the pilgrims? What are the sacrifices, challenges, and contributions dating back to 1619 that lead to the development of this nation as we know it?

A united nation can achieve greatness, for divided, we shall surely fall. Together, the people of this nation have come together against greed, corruption, and authoritarian type leadership, and we will continue to do so.

Disparities in wealth, employment, housing, education, and justice are destroying African American communities. With continued focus, we can eradicate the bad seeds and continue our journey towards greatness.

Those in the fringes, both on the right and on the left, deserve to be heard. America is diverse in opinion, attitude, and behavior. Our individuality equips us to do great things, but we must remain united on the things that matter and not see each other as enemies.

The history of Americans of African descent unites us, while racism, bigotry, and white supremacy are the evils that divide us. The principles stated in the Declaration of Independence bind us together as Americans under one common dream and goal, which has yet to be fully realized.

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Journal of Black Studies: Yvette Long

Author Yvette Long is the President of Aspire, an organization dedicated to educating students on the best ways to reduce risky behaviors and make better choices. The organization is dedicated to teaching students about time management, goal-setting, and overcoming stress and anxiety to achieve greater success in their careers and relationships.

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Why African American History?


Engages an interest in learning for the African American students by developing self-esteem and a sense of identity, which has the potential to improve their academic outcomes.


The deliberate disenfranchisement of African American stories and contributions in the building of America continues to spread the ideals of white supremacy, ultimately leading to racism, stereotyping, prejudice, and intolerance.


A deep understanding of history teaches patriotism and lets students to feel pride in their heritage and culture, which creates a connection to their true roots as Americans. Focusing on the commonalities that bind us rather than the differences that separate us offers a form of healing and a method to unite our nation. Blacks and whites both made enormous sacrifices and contributions to help build this nation.


A full and accurate account of American history displays the contributions of African Americans in building the nation. It also lays bare cruel behavior that was conducted for greed. History can teach African American students that the majority of whites were not in support of America’s shackled slavery legacy. Work still remains to be done in recognizing and holding accountable those who engage in prejudicial mistreatment of African Americans.


An honest and true history helps to develop self-esteem and identity for children during the developmental years.


By examining history, students can learn to avoid repeating past mistakes.