In Chapter 1 and 2 of “Creating Black Americans,” author Nell Irvin Painter addresses an imperative issue in which African history and the lives of Africans are often dismissed (2) and continue to be perceived in a negative light (1). This book gives the author the chance to revive the history of Africa, being this a sacred place to provide readers with a “history of their own.” (Painter 4)
William R. Black also states in his article that some former presidents had slaves, and people want their monuments to be taken down. However, the monuments were made to praise the good that those presidents have done
A memorial site designed by Rodney L¿on was completed in 2007. The memorial consists of a sunken Libation Court (gathering space for cultural ceremonies). It is surrounded by a Circle of the Diaspora inscribed with signs, symbols, and images of the African Diaspora. A Wall of Remembrance describes events that contributed to the African Burial Ground 's creation. The reinterment locations are marked with four Ancestral Pillars.the African Burial Ground is possibly the only preserved, urban, eighteenth-century African cemetery in America.
I am an African American female whom is a descendent from the African Slave and a native American refugee. My culture runs deep in my veins and I am a product of the strength of my mother and father. While growing up I understood we were on the poverty line. My family lived in a small home with 3 bedrooms and occupied 7 people. I grew up in a small southeast Georgian town named Statesboro. You may know of Statesboro if you listen to the Blues. A famous blues man by the name of Blind Willie Mctell wrote a song called Statesboro blues about his beloved home town. Statesboro is a small town where the color lines are divided. Although things have changed along the years, some tension still exist.
When reading over the different diverse groups, I noticed that my culture seems to have some differences and also some similarities as these other cultures. A similarity I noticed between the African American Culture and my culture is that they tend to refer to most of their food as “soul food” and as I was growing up, my aunts and uncles will always refer to home cooked meals as “soul food” as well. Another similarity is that people in the African American culture have strong religious affiliations, and they are usually Christians. The reason I see this as a similarity is because in my culture, mostly all of the people I grew up around are Christians and attend services. I have also found a similarity between European Americans culture and
However, these monuments are history and although they may not be suitable for a public place nowadays, they are sure a great piece of history for a museum. These monuments are part of all that is left from a certain period in our history. Even though the Confederate period, for example, is not the period of the United States that many are proud of it still happened and it is still history. These monuments should be saved for the sake of knowing about the past, not for personal gain. Some monuments can stay in public for everyone to see.
Cultural Identity for African Americans (Comparison and contrast between Hughes, Clifton and McElroy and their ideas of cultural identity.) People have different ideas as to what it means to be of another race. Many individuals believe that race should have no affect on their lives today. People who have the same qualifications shouldn't be persecuted because of their skin color.
Monuments that are constructed in order to give commendation to people, places, or events are located all over the globe. It is very possible for someone to find a few in their very own town. Although there may be negative controversy on certain monuments, many throughout the world have changed individual’s lives tremendously in a beneficial way. One monument in particular has stood tall through it all and has had so much positive effect on millions of people from the beginning of time. One hundred and thirty years later this monument continues to impact people’s lives from all over the world.
Colonial Williamsburg is a place to explore past events, traditions, and ways of living. Today it is the largest history museum in the world, and home to four very important structures, Bruton Parish Church, the Capitol, the Governor’s Palace, and the Magazine. They show importance during colonial times, relevance today, and connect to the motto, “That the future may learn from the past,” but the Magazine displays these three things best. Because the Magazine, a three-story, eight sided brick building, held the ammunition and explosives, is considered our symbol of freedom today, and connects to the motto, it deserves a 2016 commemorative
Immigrants have once migrated to our country in tiny groups and they made up a miniscule part of our population. Over time, they have strived, reproduced, and are just as stable as they should be. The African immigrants of Jamaica Avenue are relevant in this situation. They all have a particular kinship and bond that other groups may not. They have worked hard and have worked together along the journey. After some centuries of Africans being in the country and succeeding, a researcher must wonder what particular jobs this group currently does, and what they do. Immigrants have moved to the country and founds a variety of jobs to succeed being in the new environment.
There is an importance in the black community of embracing Afrocentric Cultural Values and sharing to our younger generations and adolescents. I chose a scholarly article that utilize this factor in its hypothesis. From the Journal of Black Psychology, the article is titled Examining Afrocentric Cultural Values, ethnic Identity, and Substance Use Abstinence in Low-Income, Early Adolescent, African American Girls. This very extensive article was written or experimented by our fellow professors at the University of Austin: Delida Sanchez, Emma Hamilton, Dorie Gilbert, and Elizabeth Vandewater. Their study is about finding a possible link of cultural factors and substance use abstinence among low income African American girls.
DEFINITION OF TERMS History, Historical Consciousness, Identity History can be said to be the study of past events. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, history is a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. R.G. Collingwood in The Idea of History says ‘History is a kind of research or inquiry… the form of thought whereby we ask questions and try to answer them (9). For him, history is important to man because it is for self-knowledge, and man is expected to know himself. He further says history finds out Actions of human beings that have been done in the past … proceeds by the interpretation of evidence is a collective name for things which are called documents, and a document is a thing existing here and now, of such a kind that the historian, by thinking about it can get answers to the questions he asks about past events(9-10).
The people from Africa were generally part of early American history; however, Africans had experience slavery under better conditions compared to the conditions imposed by other civilized society. From the Egyptian Empire to the Empire of Songhai, slavery was practice for the betterment of their society, however, foreigners invaded these regions and took their slave, their ports and impose these people to a life of servitude in the Caribbean islands and in the English’s colonies. Furthermore, the African American slaves were an active agent of society in the earliest period of American history; they have brought new religious practices to their community; for instance, they constructed networks of communities; they had fought in war alongside
The oral tradition refers to stories, old sayings, songs, proverbs, and other cultural products that have not been written down or recorded. The forms of oral tradition cultures are kept alive by being passed on by word of mouth from one generation to the next. These diverse forms reveal the values and beliefs of African Americans, the things they hold to be true, and lessons about life and how to live it. In African American culture, the oral tradition has served as a fundamental vehicle for cultural expression and survival. This oral tradition also preserved the cultural heritage and reflected the collective spirit of the race. It has a powerful history, beginning with Africans' proslavery existence.
Monuments Men is a fairly recent film with the premise of a group of soldiers during World War II tasked with protecting the artwork within the continental Europe from those who want to take it. It primarily centers on the story of Frank Stokes, played by George Clooney, and how he is able to assemble a ragtag group of “soldiers” and actually enter the frontlines. Over the course of the story, the group loses a few members, but do manage to discover the stashes of art hidden by Hitler and save it from destruction, including the Ghent Altarpiece and the Lady Madonna. Despite having already watched this movie, is still struck me how much the movie’s message still resonated with me. The movie makes a clear case for the value of art, and I feel