I've been thinking a lot lately about the state of race relations in America. One thing I learned from the enormous success of ROOTS (if you don't know, you better ask somebody) 42 years ago, was the power that storytelling possess to help bridge the gap between races. These are the initial 6 episodes in an ongoing series. The first installment of This Is My Story, is an incident from my own life. The others are real life experiences of some of my friends, told by me. Like ROOTS did so long ago, my intention in sharing these stories is to provide anecdotal context for the Black experience in America. I know now, what I didn't know then; I belong here regardless of your idea of who I am, based solely on the color of my skin.