Tia SydnorSept. 9, 2014ANTH 309Family Roots Reflection PaperDesmond Tutu, a South African Anglican cleric who is known for his role in theobstruction of racial segregation in South Africa, once stated “you don't choose yourfamily. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.” (Desmond Tutu). With that beingsaid, I have always been fond of this one particular quote from Albert Einstein. Heexclaimed “rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life” (Quotations about family).I know that I love my family infinitely, and I am glad to be a part of this union.
Where Did My People Come From? What Did They Do?
My great, great, great grandparents where Jeter and Adeline Pride. They both were from Appomattox County, Virginia and were former slaves and share croppers. They were black individuals in the lower class. Because there was a labor supply problem, Jeter and Adeline had to do agriculture work and at the time, it was labor intensive. They were more than likely a colonized minority group and forced into this group by the whites. My great, great grandparents were Frank and Nellie Pride who were both farmers most of their lives. Frank Pride was from Appomattox, Virginia while the love of his life was from Prince Edward County (Farmville, Virginia). They were also poor, lower class individuals who were more than likely still seen as slaves and as ‘the help’.