The realtor who helped me find the house I live in today, I met more than 20 years ago
under totally different circumstances.
She had been invited to speak at our elementary school, during Black History Week, about the continent on which she was born,
She stood in front of a gym full of students and spoke into the microphone with a soft voice,
a soothing accent,
and a slide show projector.
Students watched and commented quietly to each other about pictures of the Africa they'd expected: dusty roads,
women in tribal attire,
and barefoot children.
they soon were amazed to see pictures of
and Nike sneakers.
Cee Cee's point was to expose our students to more of Africa in order to change their mindset and appreciation of it.
She understood the meaning of a term I've just become aquainted with, "single story".
When we know only a "single story" of anything or anybody,
it can lead to stereotypes.
She wanted to break the stereotypes our children held of both Africa and it's people.
Today, there is another woman,
sharing the same message in a way that helps us realize,
may be creating stereotypes in our minds
and passing them on to our children
when we place too much weight on the "single story" we think we know,
rather than dig deeper
to find it is simply
of a much larger book!