Asheville’s Sasha Mitchell helps families find their roots

Sasha Mitchell was a fourth-grader in New Jersey when her class did a family history project and she innocently contributed photos of her white mother and African-American father.

The response from some of her classmates was immediate and cruel.

“I was called a nigger and teased and generally made miserable,” said Mitchell, who is now a happily married mother, entrepreneur and community volunteer in Asheville.

That experience was followed by a memorable family talk related to a field trip that Mitchell’s younger sister’s class was planning to the Hayden Planetarium in New York, where their Aunt Gwen, who is African-American, was employed.

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