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‘Rolling out’ presents Big Thinkers: Ronda Racha Penrice author of ‘African-American History For Dummies’



  1. Oward2000 on January 21, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I like the authors response to the question ” Should America be ashamed of African America History?”. My personal thoughts are that I hope that America regrets slavery. To regret is one thing, and to be ashamed is another. History is what happened and can’t be erased. Shame should have been and should be shouldered by anyone that thought or thinks that slavery was ok. Pride should have been and should be in the hearts of all, black or white, that thought or thinks that it was wrong. All African Americans, regardless of individual accomplishments, can take pride it the fact that they belong to a race of people that kept pushing forward!

  2. R. Young on January 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    America needs to talk about race, and penrice’s interview enlightened me to the fact that Chicago was founded by a black man! Chicago has been my home for many years! I will look for a copy of her book.

  3. Geraldwyche on January 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

     Ronda, I enjoyed your interview, (wish it could have been longer). I have already read your book, and it is very informative.

  4. Ellen Beard on January 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

     I loved
    Penrice’s  book on African American
    History. But, having the opportunity to listen to her give a rationale for her
    thinking and writings is icing on the cake. I like her bridging the gap between
    “African American History” and the lives we live today’

  5. Stanley Smith on January 22, 2012 at 1:37 am

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    I agree that many people don’t know
    how vast the history of Africans in America really is. I like that
    you acknowleged your grandfather as a person you looked up too.
    African American history starts within the African family and spreads
    abroad. Having a historical memory gives us a cultural confidence.
    When a person has connected to their culture with confidence they
    cannot be shamed or turned around.I read your book and you covered
    the intended subject with a good base of well documented information
    on Africans in the Americas, particularly the United States. African
    American History for Dummies is a good starting point on basic
    history of Africans that have called the United States home for the
    past 400 years.