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    African American history has revolved around the struggle for overcoming negative social forces whether it is in regards to slavery or post-slavery. Throughout most of American history, laws and folkways have been formed. These laws forced African Americans into seeking other alternatives that would allow them to envision their potential by seeking opportunities for economic, intellectual and autonomy. Black Nationalism was a call for Black power. It brought about independence from the society

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    Black Americans / African Americans An overview Black Americans or African American trace their ancestry to slaves from sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from white Americans, they constitute the second largest racial and ethnic minority group in America after the Hispanics. According to the US Census Bureau in 2012, there are estimated 44,456,009 African Americans in the United States. That is about 14.1% out of the total American population of 313.9 Million. About 50% of the African American population

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    The Black Panthers, originally Black Panther Party for Self Defence, were a Californian; African American revolutionary party formed in Oakland, 1966, founded by Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale. Newton and Seale met at the San Francisco School of Law and they created the Black Panther group because of the acts of police brutality and racism towards the Black communities. They believed that Martin Luther King’s non violent campaign failed to work and that the promised changes in their lives would

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    Uplifting Black Souls: the African American Jeremiad Mission Statement A black jeremiad is a writing or a speech that constantly emphasizes the need for and methods to achieve social change. David Howard Pitney in his book The Afro-American Jeremiad, rightly suggests what the components of a jeremiad are: "1) citing the promise, 2) criticism of present declension or retrogression from the promise, 3) resolving prophecy that society will shortly complete it's mission and redeem the promise"(Howard-Pitney

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    The plight of African-Americans in America is steeped with moments of infamy. From being forcibly brought here on ships in chains in the early seventeenth century to the sit-ins and marches for equality and freedom of the 1950’s and 1960’s, life for blacks in America has been full of struggles. “The Black Church in the African American Experience” by C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya is the textbook for this course. It opens the gateway to one’s mind to present marvelously the encounters

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    for years or African American History. Both are important because they both play an important role to one another. They both represent both sides and it is important to know how they intersected with each other and how they played a role in how our society is today. The importance of African American History is so that people will know the heritage of their ancestors and give incite to how they were treated. Blacks are the foundation to the civilization as it is known today. Blacks are responsible

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    together and form a cohesive piece. Braids have been around for thousands of years as a means to maintain and protect one’s hair, scalp, and edges. Over time, different ethnic groups came up with different techniques on how to braid hair. In the African and African-American communities, cornrows became a popular technique because of its protective value and versatility. However, in mainstream media, cornrows were not nearly as accepted. There have been several instances where cornrows have been dubbed

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    I am Black, Not African American”, the term “African American” is being stressed out and misused. McWhorter says, “It’s time we descendants of slaves brought to the United States let go of the term “African American” and go back to calling ourselves black – with a capital B” (527). I agree with McWhorter’s argument about calling African American’s Black. I feel people should not be addressing a person as an “Italian American”, if one has a heritage in America. So why should the term African American

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    The Black Vote: African Americans as an Interest Group The African-American community is comprised of 34 million people, and makes up approximately 12.8 percent of the American population (Barker, Jones, Tate 1999: 3). As such, it is the largest minority group in the United States. Yet, politically, the black community has never been able to sufficiently capitalize on that status in order to receive the full benefits of life in America. Today, African-Americans, hold less than 2 percent of

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    Before taking African American Literature I never really thought about the impacts that poetry, songs, stories or folktales really had on society. Rap has never been something I enjoyed and reading has never been overly interesting to me, and finding stories that interested me and caught my attention have been difficult. Throughout this class I have learned a lot about the actual influences of African American literature, while also finding stories that were more than interesting to read. Without

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