The previous era of slavery was one of the darkest periods in American history. Millions of African Americans were forcibly taken from their homes and sold into slavery. They were treated as property, and their lives were controlled by their owners.
While slavery was abolished in 1865, the legacy of this barbaric institution still affects Black Americans today. Many of us have ancestors who were enslaved, and we carry the memories of their suffering with us. We are also reminded of slavery every time we see a racial injustice in our country.
The term “black memories” refers to the lingering effects of slavery on the African American community. We keep the memories of our ancestors alive by telling their stories and sharing our own experiences of racism and discrimination. These memories help us to understand the present and work towards a better future.