Why African American History?

African American History: The Untold Stories was written for Americans who could benefit from understanding and connecting with their history. A thorough knowledge of history reveals who we are while providing direction for the people we are capable of becoming.

African American History: The Untold Stories will aid African American boys, providing insight into the narrative of their forefathers and a more accurate perception of themselves and their potential. 

  1. Engages an interest in learning for African American students by developing self-esteem and identity, which improves their academic outcomes.
  2. The deliberate disenfranchisement of African American stories and contributions in the building of the nation continues to spread white supremacy, which promotes racism, stereotyping, prejudice, and intolerance.
  3. A complete view of history helps to teach patriotism and provides the opportunity to feel pride in one’s heritage and culture. This creates a connection to an individual’s true roots as an American, focusing on the commonalities that bind us instead of the differences that separate us. This is a form of healing and a method of uniting our nation. Blacks and whites have both made enormous sacrifices and contributions to help build this great country.
  4. A full and accurate account of American history will help to show the contributions that Africans made to help build the nation while also revealing 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 remains to be done in recognizing and holding accountable those who engage in prejudicial mistreatment of African Americans.
  5. An honest and true history promotes positive self-esteem and identity for children during their developmental years and throughout their lifetimes.
  6. Learning about history reveals patterns in behavior through an in-depth examination of events of the past, which helps us to avoid repeating past mistakes.