I first became aware there being this concept of race when I was about 6. Having grew up in Detroit, I was always surrounded by Blacks and thought it was the norm. However, my dad took me with him to visit one of his friends. Well, he had a little girl named Melissa who was suddenly amazed by me. She touched my face and asked had I always been brown. It completely opened up the dialouge about race and black history once I asked my dad what did she mean.