How a Music Class Taught Me That My Culture is Valuable Too

For most of my life, I felt like my people didn’t have a culture. In elementary school, I was taught that African people were taken from Western countries on the continent and brought to America and the surrounding areas as slaves. I also learned that after centuries of enduring harsh, uncompensated labor, the newly-named African-Americans marched, protested, and were finally set free. This is often where the timeline of African-American history ended for me.

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