We aren t even one generation removed from the events, so the possibility of legend creeping in is virtually zero. Your experience mirrors my predicament. Families from such cultures may believe that their role is to raise respectful, well-behaved human beings and leave the academic instruction to schools Trumbull et al.
You re pretty smart. Indeed, the war for freedom waged in the 1960s civil rights era was born within the walls of Black churches nationwide.