Like many others in our society, I’m mixed or “multiracial” if we’re being politically correct. However, Black History wasn’t something I was accustomed to as I grew up. I never got to know the black side of my background -- I had a deadbeat father and my very white mother, aunt and grandmother raised me collectively. So, as I grew up, my blackness wasn’t something I claimed entirely. It was more like the silent elephant in the room.