The hidden history of the African-American experience

When it comes to the story that needs to be told about the experience of Africans in America (African-Americans if you will), the term “Hidden Figures” is an understatement. It is in this term that we can find ourselves, and this term we can identify with. We can remember this term from the recent movie about the NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who played a crucial role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space.

Ironically, this historical event took place in Hampton, Va. The same place where I recently visited to participate in the American Evolution Virginia to America 1619-2019 tour. I was able to visit many historical markers of the African experience in Virginia. Around this time next year, the tour will be hosting the…

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