This is an addition to the original topic and message:
Why understanding AA history is vital to AA progress
I recall replies to this subject that imply that it's useless to think about the past. As an answer to this, I like to tell of something discussed the first day in a high school social studies class. The teacher put this question to us: "Why is it important to learn about certain events that happened in the past or even ancient past". After some of us tried to give answers, the teacher gave us the answer, which is, "It's important to learn because such events affect our lives today, therefore, knowledge and understanding of such events leads to a better understanding of ones self today". I find the original message of this thread a good example of this concept. In order to understand a people, ethnic group, race, or whatever, it's necessary to know and understand the aspects of their history that has shapes them into what they are now. This of course pertains to AA's. Therefore in order for AA's to understand themselves, It's necessary for AA's to know and understand aspects of their history that has shaped them into what they are now. I fear that if AA's (or an adequate percentage of them) don't gain such knowledge and understanding of themselves, one result would be that AA progress will come to a halt.
Oh by the way, I'm an AA, and therefore it all applies to me as well.