"How do we preserve the past when the eyewitnesses are gone?" Writer and scholar Susan Anderson spoke about the dangers of 'social forgetting’' She powerfully positioned the work of the Lasartemays and the East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNH) in the lineage of storefront museums that preserved and made accessible African American history: "The founders of EBNH took to heart the passage from Proverbs, 'A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.' They knew that knowledge is a currency of power. Their knowledge of their people's history derived not just from historical artifacts and published accounts. They knew the history because they had lived it themselves." Mark Lasartemay learned profound lessons from his grandparents, EBNHS founders Ruth and Eugene Lasartemay: "When you see someone on the street, say hello". This is fundamental to being in relationship with anyone you meet.