"If you don't know where you come from, you can't tell where you're gonna go."
James Reed Faulkner brought history to life Sunday night, reenacting the life of US Buffalo Soldier in the 1800's.
The performance, in recognition of black history month, was aimed at inspiring people to open their eyes to different perspectives of history.
"We have to start letting our history be written, televised and be made in to movies and that type of stuff for people to understand what we've done to make this country great."
By getting people to understand the Buffalo Soliders' rarely talked about accomplishments, Faulkner says African Americans today can have a strong foundation to grow upon.
"If you take the time to learn about who you really are and who came before you that they are the reason that you are who you are, then you can have some pride."
"Black Americans need to know the history of Buffalo Soldiers, where they came from, what they accomplished....they are really our silent heroes."
Heroes Faulkner hopes won't stay silent for long.
Alex cerda NBC 6 news.