Blog Contest: Why Is It Important For Our Kids To Know Their Roots? (Week 2)
Post your response in the comments section of our blog and you’ll have the chance to win a free African Ancestry Test Kit!
Each year, February is a big month for African Ancestry. We are fortunate to have opportunities to share the African Ancestry Experience, meet new people, and engage in conversations across the country. This year, we thought a contest would be a good way to reach even more people and hear your perspective on finding your roots. We will pose a question each week and reward the most thoughtful and insightful response with a free MatriClan or PatriClan Test Kit.
One of our dreams for African Ancestry is that every black child know their ancestral roots. We have begun 2010 with two steps towards that goal. We’ve partnered with the Search for Common Ground Foundation on the True Roots Project. And, we’ve partnered with George Mason University on the Science, Technology, Ancestry and Me Project (STAMP) that will hopefully receive funding from the National Science Foundation. For our second contest of the month, please share your thoughts on kids and ancestry for the chance to win a free test kit for the young people in your family.
This week we’d like to know: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR OUR KIDS TO KNOW THEIR ROOTS?
Post your response in the comments section of our blog between February 8th through 14th and you’ll have the chance to win a free African Ancestry Test Kit!
The winner will be announced on February 19th and will be chosen by President, Gina Paige and Scientific Director, Dr. Rick Kittles! See full contest rules here.
UPDATE 02/15/10: This contest is correctly closed. But enter our Week 3 contest to try and win a free test kit.
My dream is for every Black child in America to know their roots. Voting for the True Roots project is one way that you can help make this dream a reality. We were excited by how many of you agree with us on the importance of young people knowing their roots. Over 60 of you shared your perspectives. We were particularly moved by Monique B’s entry and selected her as the winner of last week’s contest. Congratulations Monique B. on winning an African Ancestry Test Kit!
Read Monique B’s Response:
It is important because by knowing their roots a child can truly understand that, their past history is the roadmap to their future. What they learn in school is history, but who’s history is it? Our history has been cover up by a veil of false pretenses and hidden doorways. Our children have become the product of these injustices and shackles of the mind. They look at TV, magazines and billboards, then look at their own appearance and feel ashamed of their own features. Then to offset this they attempt to live as and share the same history with a people they feel have a true history. These roots they do not know are the same as a beautiful youthful tree being uprooted then toss aside, all hope is lost. Slave stories, and the spilled blood of slaves to the youth who does not know his roots, becomes a burden that they try to hide by portraying themselves as a soul who cares not at all about his history but more about his present. But if they open there minds to what was and not what is, they can follow the trail of tears, back to the footprints in the sands, back to the villages and centers where their ancestral people once stood with their heads high, loving the place they called home.
So once again to answer that question, “Why is it important for our kids to know their roots?” This analogy puts it in simple terms: That youthful tree that was discussed earlier and was described as being tossed aside with all hope lost, has been given a second chance by being rooted again, so now all hope is regained. So the same should be with our kids, not knowing their roots gives them the sense of all hope being lost, but by knowing their roots, hope of a better day is regained.
To everyone else, thank you for your responses. There are still more chances to win a FREE TEST KIT. Answer our Week 3 question to enter for a chance to win. Our Week 4 question will be posted on 2/22. Plus, you can also sign up for our mailing list in February and be entered for a chance to win a FREE TEST KIT.