(48K) This multimedia presentation has an emphasis on the cultural history of West Africans who were uprooted and separated from their ancient lands, homes, families, music, art, literature, and philosophy in West Africa; and who were brought to the West African coast in chains to wait for a slave ship to carry them across the Atlantic Ocean to America: who were survivors of the psychologically affecting and dreaded Middle Passage; who were survivors of the 'Peculiar Institution' in America; who were survivors of the American Revolution, slave bills and laws, slave revolts, and jim crowism to emerge African Americans.
This cultural historical perspective will include the CONNECTIONS between the rich history of West Africa via the civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay and the rich history of African Americans via their survival of the Middle Passage, the 'Peculiar Institution', and the American Revolution and its aftermath. Moreover, this cultural historical perspective will include the CONNECTIONS between the rich musical traditions of West Africans and the musical traditions African Americans contributed via slave songs, spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, and gospel to the United States of America.
Dr. T. Clifford Bibb (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Copyright © 1996, Kelvin Tarrance, Revised: May 3, 1996