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ROAR! “BLACK PEOPLE

ROAR! “BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE RECOGNITION FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR BACKGROUNDS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND THUS LOSE SOME OF THEIR ALIENATION.” 140 KATHERINE DUNHAM At Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation started a history project called “Getting Word”. It successfully merges onsite and online experiences that invite the ancestors of the African Americans who lived there to interact with their history in a truly unique way. The foundation archives those experiences and then shares them with the public. The project started, “…in 1993 to preserve the histories of the African American families at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation.” 141 Image Credit: Screenshot of https://www.monticello.org/getting-word While UVA and Monticello are still bustling places for people to visit, many other places are not. Throughout the United States, a person can sometimes tell where Black neighborhoods used to be, where growing businesses used to be, and where community gathering places used to be. Unfortunately, sometimes absolutely nothing remains. Yet, there are some lone survivors. These places remind us of previous decades and are a testament to the early sacrifices and accomplishments of our elders. For those African American buildings that remain, they are primarily made of bricks and mortar; however, they represent the fortitude of Black people and being able to successfully bring together the past, the present and the future. ROAR! “A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS.” 142 MARCUS GARVEY THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 85

PART IV THE FINAL RESEARCH ✹ OVERCOME ✹ APPRECIATE ✹ REVITALIZE THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 86