Black People : What traditions do you hope to pass on?

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  1. Knowledge Seed

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    Lately, I've been thinking about what cultural traditions are s specific to black folks in America. Of course, things will vary by region but what are some things that you feel the next generation must absolutely carry on?

    I'm talking about stuff like celebrating Juneteenth and Mardi Gras. Playing the dozens and at least having a working knowledge of Spades (but Bid Whist should be required too). Speaking an African-inspired language such as Louisiana Creole or Gullah-Geechee, should be included.

    What are your thoughts? What traditions of ours should be kept alive?
     
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    Kwanzaa
     
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    Tag, jump rope, hop scotch, hide and go seek, base ball, dances with names that males and females did together.

    Drive in movies, buttered popcorn, cars without bucket seats so you could hug your honey while driving.

    Antibiotics that could cure all diseases, soul/r & b music, .....






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    You're a real nostalgic huh?
     
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    Don't forget
    'Apple
    Peaches
    Pumpkin pie,
    If you're not ready
    Holler
    I'!!!!!

    Bubble gum bubble gum in a dish,
    How many pieces...

    Or
    That's MY car!

    Freeze tag

    Red light, green light.

    Helicopter
    Helicopter come on down.

    Gathering around the elders to hear stories from their past
    Them good ones where theyd have us cracking up, or sitting criss cross applesauce listening intently in awe with our heads slightly tilted back and our mouths wide open as they reminisced over war stories, or just living life.

    Family quilts

    Cool thing about quilting is that it allows everyone to add a little something and there normally is always an interesting story behind each section.
    A patch here, a piece of cloth there...
    The under side may look unsightly with threads going in every which way, but such is life, and that's what connects the family... the top finish looks well put together but the stitching well, not so much, yet its strong even with its not so pretty underlining but without them there could be no quilt...


    Family reunions

    Birthdays where the bday boy or girl gets to have the dinner of their choice and dessert, but not store bought but where everyone in attendance were in the kitchen helping out in one way or another to prepare what they wanted to have on their special day.

    Sunday afternoon get togethers
    Family ball games in the backyard.


    Male and female Cyphers that lead to action.

    Rent block parties.

    Offering your seat when an elder or woman is present in the room.

    Standing up out of where you are seated when being introduced.

    Firm grip hand shakes,
    Not none of that loosy goosy limp wristed junk I see now a days.

    Making sure that the cook also IS NOT the one left to clean up afterwards.
     
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    I think those are great traditions to pass along. You don't see many kids actually playing outside today






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    Greetings Kemestry ,:)

    Story telling ...

    In my family, when we gather we eat, laugh, enjoy, catch up on the news ... what really connects us is story telling! The Matriarchs & Patriarchs assemble & without saying a word - somehow we are drawn to wherever they are! And they begin!

    One by one, they start off with golden oldies (songs that got them through) - love songs, comedians like Red Fox, Mom's Mabley, Gospel Hymns, Jazz, etc. And then their eyes appear distant - as if their minds have gone to a time in their youth & they begin! Begin to tell the history of their own living! And even though we've heard those old stories over & again, their soooo good at their telling, its as if we're right there with them (all those years ago)!

    I love it!!! They love it!!! And our family bond seems tighter every time they speak!
     
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    I come from a similar tradition. You learn a great deal from those stories. They are some of my fondest memories





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    My family does the same. What about stories like Brer Rabbit or Anansi the spider? What folk tales are kept alive in your family?
     
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    Greetings Knowledge Seed: :)

    Oh yeah ... my faaaaaaaaavotite folktales are:

    John Henry ... I can hear my "Pop-ups" (my great -grand-daddy) starting with a LOUD piercing voice (cupping his hands around his mouth) - head tilted back callinin' ....

    Jooohn Hnreeeeey!!! Jooohn Hnreeeeey!!! Jooohn Hnreeeeey!!!
    He was a steeelll drivin' maaayan!!!
    And all would hear his alarm & anxiously gather to hear Pop-ups flow!!!

    John Henry:
    Part 1:

    Part 2:


    Then ...

    For those of us young-un's inquisitive about the birds & the bees ... Grammy would begin to speak about them "Cats & Dogs" ... "Why Dogs Chase Cats" (The West Indian version) ... fascinating!!!

    Folktale from Haiti: Why Cats and Dogs Never Get Along:

    http://www.candlelightstories.com/2010/01/18/folktale-from-haiti-why-cats-and-dogs-never-get-along/

    Still got my Grammy & my Pop-ups ... their still feisty as ever & I love 'em up!
     
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