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African Consciousness as Cultural Continuity

From generation to generation across time and space, metaphoric memory and performance as well as African American customs and norms have served African American people especially well, given the contexts of racist hostility and anti-African reality in which African Americans live. Though often unrecognized, the cultural continuity of African consciousness expressed in many different forms has been and continues to be the key to African American survival and unfolding advancement.

The greatest falsehood promulgated by the European version of the history of the Americas is the notion that African people were thrust into the New World empty of any intrinsic beliefs, ideas, and culture worthy of human respect and recognition. A collectively held belief intentionally fostered by their enslavers was that Africans had ...

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