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Vulnerability to Loss of Socio-Cultural and Historic Roots

People's roots tie them to a community or place through family, history, interests, etc. Roots create a sense of belonging, purpose, and connection with others that is critical to mental health and quality of life. Loss of roots disrupts these leaving individuals with possible feelings of isolation and lack of connection. Maintenance of roots is important to keeping rich history and culture alive. People have a right to protection from the loss of roots.

Local Examples of Reclamation of Roots

International African American Museum (IAAM) hosted a History Harvest at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church on Johns Island in partnership with Bethlehem St. James United Methodist Church, also on Johns Island. The event provided a way for families to preserve their family history and contribute to historical data that may allow others to research their family history.


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