This semester, the class has focused on African History and our shared heritage–where, as people, we’ve come from, and where we are headed. Now it’s time to take a turn with your heritage! In a short paper, discuss three questions, each in a separate paragraph:
1) How do you see your heritage? This might incorporate a single or many facets, such as race, religion, and ethnicity. Try to answer how your heritage has influenced who you are today.
2) What is the backstory to a family member who has especially shaped your sense of heritage? This might include a grandparent or parent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, etc. Explain a bit about their background. Where were they born? Where did they work?
3) Why did that family member help to shape your heritage? For example–Did they take you to religious or ethnic celebrations? Did they participate in the Civil Rights Movement?
There is no right or wrong answer to the questions. The bonus paper is graded on grammar and overall flow. The paper should run between 250 and 300 words (1 to 1.5 double-spaced pages, with standard margins). Upload the paper under the Assignments. The link only accepts papers written in Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx).