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The title of elder is discriminately bestowed on older men and women of African ancestry who consistently demonstrate wisdom, character, and honesty. Elders, as familial and community conveyors of cultural knowledge, traditions, and customs, are guided by the cultural values, customs, and traditions of their African ancestors. They have a deep knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of who they are as people of African ancestry. These men and women are viewed as elders because of their profound understanding of and commitment to their culture, customs, and traditions. As elders, an essential role is to perpetuate the values and customs of their ancestors. This means that elders are conscious of cultural retentions and cultural memory, and that they value historical knowledge about Africa and the diaspora.

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