Growing up I recall learning two distinct sets of history. Their was the oral history of my family, stories you hear at the dinner table or at family gatherings. And then there was the history I was taught in school, which was sterile and presented in an impersonal and fact based way. There came a point when I realized that I had a different connection to the history I was learning in school about the civil rights movement, slavery, and racism, a connection that was not shared with my non black classmates.
This timeline overlays important moments in black history with the personal history of my family. The result is an attempt to bridge the gap between individual and collective history.