INTEREST music cannot be justified simply IN BLACK as an effort to pacify Afro-Americans or their supporters. If this music is noteworthy for economic or faddish reasons, the energy expended will ultimately be in vain. Black music is distinct from music in the Western tradition, and that difference becomes more obvious the closer its roots are to Africa. This is not to say, however, that the Black composer of symphonies and chamber music has abandoned his heritage entirely. Although many of the elements of Black culture have been absorbed into the mainstream of American life and have helped give it its unique identity, real understanding is gained by observing the extent to which Black music is distinct from that of Europe.
The music of slaves was indigenous and complex (Dodson, Howard. "America's Cultural Roots Traced to Enslaved African Ancestors. ), it had many different complicated rhythms and beats. Music was also used to establish and maintain rhythms of work, these songs were called “field hollers”, this involved call and reply between 1 or more people. That's when, during the slavery era, the genres spirituals(gospel) and blues were created by African-Americans.
Blues music has its inclination to African-American community of the USA. It is a kind of vocal or instrumental music which is generally based on blues notes. The concept aroused from the spirituality, chants, work songs and ballads. The African influence is greatly felled in the notes and call-and-response patterns of music and lyrics. The American and Western music is more inclined to this music genre.
It clues us in on the stereotype of blacks at the time and makes us better understand the struggle for his own identity and purpose our narrator is so desperately trying to find. But it also leads to being overly careful and almost suppresses African American’s heritage. In the text, after the whole ideal was over, the narrator questions “Shouldn’t there be some way for us to be asked to sing? Shouldn’t the short man have the right to make a mistake without his motives being considered consciously or unconsciously malicious?” (314). By being asked to sing even if stereotypical is not doing any harm.
The context in which he delivers his speech is noticeably influenced by the human experiences faced, constructing the issues he wants to address. King addresses his audience whom is majority African-American like himself, aiming to persuade the audience to stand up for the rights they did not possess at the time at hand. By sharing his human experiences with his audience, King allows himself to reveal the voice of the marginalised, he states, “the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.” His marginalised voice is used to create empathy and a plead for respect from the American audience through the use of
However, numerous African-American figures view many different roads to freedom, each having contested for dominance within the black community throughout black history. Two of these ideologies, Black Nationalism and Black Conservatism, are examples of these roads that, despite sharing the idea of black empowerment, contrast greatly on other ideas such as racial integration. The political ideology of Black Conservatism focuses on African-American advancement through self-reliance. This idea of self-reliability suggests the belief that African-Americans are solely responsible for their success and, thus, contrasts with other Black ideologies that believe in extra assistance as compensation for historical oppression. Notable black politicians who follow these ideologies are Booker T. Washington and, more recently, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
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His education meant a lot to him, so he put in lots of time writing books and learning to help others see the importance of it. The determination of one black man sparked a flam of never ending recognition of African America Pioneers. Known as the “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson made a great impact on the African American history, culture and social responsibility. Raised in a home of former slaves, Cater knew first hand that you cannot free a slave until you free his mind. At the age of 20 he sought out to gain true knowledge and attain an education that cannot be taken.
Being an African American Studies major, I can see how Ellington’s life was sort of the glue that bonded Blacks together. Because oppression was at its prime during the 1900s, one could see how music was an outlet for African Americans to experience a sense of freedom. Although I may not be doing much music related projects in my career of Social Welfare, I have learned a great deal that can drive me into being the best Social Worker I can be. The simple quotes he states for example, “a problem is a chance for you to do your best” and “there are two kinds of worries” are great encouragements to motivate me in times of