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In honor of Black History Month, the best way to preserve history is to keep the stories alive.โ 

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Last Christmas, Tae's grandpa shared stories about what it's been like living in Richmond, VA as a Black man for the past 89 years...โ 

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๐Ÿด He told us some really cool stories, like how his parents would send him on a horse and buggy to buy food from the market before roads were paved! But while there are many we could share today, one in particular stood out to us.โ 

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๐ŸŽก It was about when he took Tae's dad, Carlton, to the local fair as a little boy. Carlton just got done riding the bumper cars, but he looked over and saw the giant Ferris wheel in the distance. As a kid, he had never seen anything like it before, but he wanted to ride it so bad. Grandpa said in that moment he had to explain to his son that they couldn't ride the ferris wheel. Not because it was too expensive, but simply because they were Black... and the Black families could only ride the bumper cars. I asked him if he felt sad that he had to explain that to his son, but he said he didn't have time to be sad because that was just their reality.โ 

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โ„น๏ธ Now, the story may seem minor because "it's just a ferris wheel"... But the issue goes way deeper than that. We're taught that segregation is a thing of the past, but the history isn't far from us. Though laws have been passed to stop segregation, cities like Richmond are still dealing with these problems (ex: Richmond's 2013 attendance zone segregation).โ 

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โ“ But how can people know about these problems if they aren't directly impacted? We have to share our own stories. We have to listen to other people's stories. We have to look at life outside of the confinements of our own comforts and experiences.โ 

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๐Ÿ’› We have to preserve history, so that we educate ourselves on how we can work together to improve our communities!

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