Black American Culture

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Black American Culture  
Marilyn Blunt  
Cultural Anthropology  
Mrs. Tristan Marble  
September 10, 2008  

Inmy research paper I will be defining African American Culture and I also will be discussing things such as slavery, family relations, hairstyles, art forms, food, heath issues, symbolism, traditional beliefs and also why this topic is relevant to today culture and how this information can benefit Black American in today society. African American Culture in the United States refer to the cultural contributions of African ethnic groups to the culture of the United States, either as part of or distinct from American Culture.   African American culture is rooted in Africa and is blend of chiefly sub-Saharan African and Sahelan cultures. African American traditions continue to flourish, as distinctive traditions or radical innovations: in music, art, literature. Religion, cuisine and other fields. As cited (www.africanamericans.com) the history of African Americans begin in 1619 when a Dutch ship brought the first slaves from Africa to the shores of North America. Of all ethnic groups, the African Americans were the only ones that came down against there will. African American History Month celebrates the role African Americans have played in U.S. history.   In 1913 Rose Parks an African American civil right activist, who is often called the Mother of the Civil Rights. Mrs. Parks was arrested for disregarding an order to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus and marked a historic turning point in the African American battle for civil rights. In 1920 to 1930 African American music, literature, and their Art gained world wide notice. These were some of the author of American jazz:   Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen and some of poets are: Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Countee Cullen wrote works describing the African American Experience Jazz, swing blues, and other musical forms entered American popular Music. Among the notable African American political movements founded in the early 20th century are the United Negro Improvement Association and the National Association for the Advancement of colored people.   In 1947, Major league Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodge became the first African American to be recognized by receiving the congressional award in the rotunda in the United States Capital building in Washington D. C. As cited in (www.Buzzle.com)the African American culture has become a significant part of American culture. You can see that they have retained their identity as well. The African Americans culture that is seen in the United States refers to all the contributions of the African ethnic groups to the culture of the United States. The African Americans culture has maintained its own distinctive appeal yet at the same time has found a major influence over the American cultures in dressing, music, and even hairstyles.   The African American hairstyle is one of the distinctive factors of the culture and has held its own for many years. African Americans hairstyles and image varies from other hair textures. Although, today you can see these trends are changing due to the different kind of hair products that are being used to create new looks. There are many types of hairstyles such as: Afro Hairstyles which is one where the hair is seen clouding around the head in the form of a halo. You can see the afro hairstyle is naturally thick and curly and therefore anybody can try it out. Afro hairstyle has extract volume added to it with various methods.   Hair Braids is another hairstyle of African American. Sections of hair are plaited together and are worn by young children and adults as well. This kind of hair braiding is considered to be an art. Today, hair stylists that can style the perfect micro braids or even cornrows are very much in demand all over the world. Hair braiding requires a lot of...
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