‘Listen To The Ancestors’ For African-American History Month

Judith Collins has a secret. She “listens to the ancestors,” an instinct that has helped this African-American woman from San Leandro trace her lineage back eight generations, to before the abolition of slavery.

“The ancestors lead you to every avenue because they want to be remembered, they don’t want to be forgotten,” Collins said.

As African American History Month gets underway, her experience illustrates how families can unravel the stories of their pasts.

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