Black People : Culture, Culture

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  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What element of Black culture in America do you feel deserves to be showcased more than it presently is?

    If you were to design a festival or celebration for the community to highlight this element, what would it look like?
     
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    Is the culture of Black folks in America not important?
     
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    One element of culture I feel is not showcased enough is the tradition of quilting. Of course some will say our tradition of quilting borrows heavily from the majority European theme but Africa has a long, intimate and complex history of weaving and our quilting tradition is rooted in that history.

    I would like to start a festival centered on the quilting tradition of our people and hold it on September 17 (the recorded day Mama Moses Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery) or the weekend of September 17. I envision workshops, historical presentations and cultural activities for the celebration.
     
  4. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    You are right, my grandmother (Big Mamma) made some of the most beautiful quilts ...


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    ... Above are two Star of Bethlehem quilts, one in African American tradition and the other in European American tradition. The origins of the two major influences on Southern Quilting are very different -- originating on different continents and merging in America on slave plantations where division between white and black culture was .. distinct.
    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug97/quilt/strads.html
     
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    Exactly brother Clyde,

    Although as a people we may differ on many things; however, we must celebrate us whenever possible. I am also thinking of having a Christian celebration or at least an exhibit at the Quilts festival because the fact is the Christian beliefs of our people influenced a lot in our culture, even the desire of our ancestors to seek freedom or fight our oppressors. Oneness!
     
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    For sure Blackbird, we have more points of common interests, as a people, than we do differences, so; it should be easy for us to table differences and unite on the points of common interests.

    Without a doubt, the early church served as a meeting place to conduct slave business, etc. as well. Nothing wrong with honoring that aspect, along with the Bible became Nat Turner's reading primer, which led to the revolt, yep!
     
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    What do you mean by element? :confused: Give me an example. :)
     
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    sekou kasimu PanAfrikanist Revolutionary MEMBER

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    Apparently you think Black culture, and Afrikan culture are not one and the same. Please explain. :confused:
     
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    Such the quilting tradition. This is a cultural element.
     
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    Black culture in America is indeed rooted in African culture (s) but did diverge once our ancestors came to America to be unique unto itself.
     
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