African-American Religion System

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Sorrow for a Midget Family, Education, and Religion Systems behind It The culture of African-American today are originally adapted from their ancestor’s in West African long before they were immigrated, which was in the pre-slavery period. The culture, including family system, education, and religion, is changing and influenced by the events happened in America’s past time, which cannot be separated with the history of America itself. According to the past, the African-American families were more hierarchical and tightly organized in an extended system. Uniquely, the organization of the family was not patriarchal but matrilineal instead. Unlike the patriarchal, the marriage does not cut the ties between the women…show more content…
Christmas is, as we know, a Christian holiday held every 25th December to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday. However, celebrating Christmas was a crime in the period of Puritans settled in Massachusetts. It was then became an American feast after the coming of German immigrants after the Civil War (David Greenberg, 1998). Along with the christening of African-American people in the past, Christmas also become the major celebration for them. But then, Dr. Maulana Karenga developed Kwanzaa, held on 26th December, and celebrated it first in 1966. Many African-Americans started to celebrate this instead of Christmas in order to recognize the roots of African-American or they feel Christmas is a white man's holiday. Kwanzaa appears to be a melting pot of African traditions and perhaps this is the intent for a celebration for African-Americans who live in a melting pot society (Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu,…show more content…
There were schools built for both white and colored skin since 19th century. It was then emerged the idea of “separate but equal” where colored school would also be given the same education. However, the fact was different. In 1930s, the court made ruling that every state had to integrate students, or build a separate -and similar in quality- graduate school for blacks; the white resident is afforded legal education within the State, but the Negro resident having the same qualifications is refused there and must go outside the State to obtain it (Daniel Schugurensky, 2002). However, though they have paid the tuition fee outside the State, the discrimination was still
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