There had been dramatic changes from the time Africans were brought to the Americas to the time they had free choice to leave if desired. There have been different sets of laws that have controlled the enslaved Africans and freed Africans. Slave codes before the emancipation, black codes during emancipation, and then Jim Crow laws after emancipation have contributed to the restricted movement and growth of the African American ancestors.
African American history over the years has been diluted, revised, or even deleted from American history. Some events have been stored deep in the archives of American history. All history (good and bad) needs to be shared among people you associate with at different levels to avoid past misfortunes. It’s not to pursue anyone to redirect their life but to understand a history and not step on a past in a disrespectful way.