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PART III AT THE INTERSECTION OF OUR PAST EXPERIENCES AND OUR PRESENT LIVES, WE ALWAYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD AND CREATE SOMETHING MEANINGFUL FOR THE FUTURE. ALTHOUGH NOT ALL MOVEMENT IS PROGRESS, IT AT LEAST INDICATES SOMETHING IS GOING ON. BOTH LIFE AND HISTORY HAPPEN. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SHARING OUR EXPERIENCES ACCURATELY, AUTHENTICALLY, AND HOLISTICALLY, THAT DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN; IT MUST BE DONE INTENTIONALLY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT OUR HISTORY IS PART OF WHO WE ARE AS A NATION. IT’S OUR CHOICE HOW WE INCORPORATE IT INTO OUR DAILY LIVES. THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 78

,, and PAST & PRESENT…MEET FUTURE African American History is at once African History, Black History, Virginia History, US History and World History. It cannot be fully celebrated within the month of February 121 or solely contained in books. It is a lifelong experience meant to be shared with others. Delving into our history creates a foundational understanding that enables us to make stronger connections between our current experiences and our future endeavors. Some behaviors and events in our lives can often be traced back to something or someone from our history and can provide valuable insight in the here and now. Black history contains beautiful and inspirational accounts of survival, significant accomplishments, extraordinary relationships, exceptional skills and amazing inventions. These feats are attributed to people who chose not to let anything or anyone keep them from living their life fully. These liberated individuals choose to move forward with a purpose. Yet part of what continues to be missing from their stories is how they achieved what many considered to be beyond reach. They achieved a level of freedom unknown to many of their counterparts. Freedom does not begin with laws. Freedom begins with a mindset. People who are free, think and act differently. ROAR! “OUR SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT CHALLENGE IS THEREFORE TO HELP ESTABLISH A SOCIAL ORDER IN WHICH THE FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL WILL TRULY MEAN THE FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL.” 122 NELSON MANDELA Sometimes there are a series of indirect factors that can impact a person’s ability to exercise freedom and to succeed. Starting back in 1619, Dutch sailors 123 traded enslaved Africans in Jamestown, VA, for food6F centuries of institutionalized inferiority began. Today, there are some African Americans who are still affected by how other people define their value. Because of that there are additional challenges to consider. Emerging research in epigenetics and slavery 124 suggests that the psychological and biological effects of trauma in the offspring of individuals who have lived THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 79