I am an African American born in the United States, in New York State. Being only 19 years old, I don’t have an a first hand experience of how my community came to the united states and therefore most of the information about my community has been acquired through classroom reading and few accounts that have been given by my mother. Both of my parents are African Americans and they have an accurate account of how the community arrived in the country, although they may be the third or fourth generation of the African Americans. Having gained interests about the diverse races that make up our country today, I have also taken extensive research to understand how different races arrived in the country. I have been particularly interested in understanding how African Americans crossed the continent to comprise more than about 12% of the United States population (Schefer, 2006).