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||herders, kinara, literate, wealthy, slavery, lint, founded, satisfaction, pointed, atlas, slave, whose, powerful, freedom, magician, anger
||Ashandra Cannon, Roman Empire, Sahara Desert
By Mary L. Bushong
1 Ashandra slouched in her chair. She picked at bits of lint on her sweater. She tried to ignore her mother's words as she began to explain how they prepare their home for Kwanzaa. Suddenly her father's loud voice made her sit up and pay attention.
2 "Ashandra Cannon! Please stop daydreaming and listen to us," he said sternly. "Your mother and I want you to take a more active role in celebrating Kwanzaa with us."
3 Ashandra groaned. "None of my friends celebrate it, Dad. Besides, what do we have to celebrate? Our family came mostly from slaves." She became quiet as her father's brows drew together in anger.
4 "Did you know that before the people of Africa were sold into slavery, there were many great kingdoms there?" he asked her.
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