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My African American Culture Essay

  • Submitted by: intelbm
  • on March 22, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 5,740 words

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Abstract My Cultural Family Background Research Paper will focus on my family and what they experience from slavery through the 21st century. My family and the community where I lived were forever transformed by the events that occurred during these periods and are largely responsible for my success and the decisions that I have made to become a human service counselor. I will present three generations of my family’s genogram and discuss their significance. I have researched family members to include my parents and my paternal and maternal aunts and uncles who still live in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. Because of the impact of my family, and my community, God put it on my heart to open up a transitional youth home in my community.

My African American Culture At the turn of the century there were two opposing philosophies by prominent black leaders Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois of how blacks should enter into the mainstream of American society. They sharply disagreed on strategies for black social and economic progress. Booker T. Washington, educator, reformer and the most influential black leader of his time (1856-1915) preached a philosophy of self-help, racial solidarity and accommodation. He urged blacks to accept discrimination for the time being and concentrate on elevating themselves through hard work and material prosperity. W.E.B. Du Bois, a towering black intellectual, scholar and political thinker (1868-1963) said no--Washington's strategy would serve only to perpetuate white oppression. Du Bois advocated political action and a civil rights agenda (he helped found the NAACP). The Du Bois philosophy of agitation and protest for civil rights flowed directly into the Civil Rights movement which began to develop in the 1950's and exploded in the 1960's. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/race/etc/road.html) This was the mindset of most African American citizens at the turn of century. People...

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