He’s learned about black entrepreneurs and the first black church. And he’s learned more of his own personal history. His grandfather, one of a group of 200 black men who moved from South Carolina in the 1920s, organized a protest against unequal treatment for black people at his job.
It was also his grandfather, Jeff says, who urged Voni Grimes to move to York.
Preserving black history isn’t just about the anecdotes, though. It’s important for young black children to know where they came from, to know how hard their parents and grandparents worked, he says.
It’s also important for white people to learn black history, he says.
“To know how we got to this point. We didn’t get here accidentally.”
In order to create a better future, you have to understand the past, he says.
“Our story needs to be told.”