African American Contributions to the Americas’ Cultures: A by Jacoby Adeshei Carter

By Jacoby Adeshei Carter

This booklet is a severe variation of six lectures by way of Alain Leroy Locke, the highbrow progenitor of the Harlem Renaissance. In them, Locke bargains an Inter-American philosophical account of significant contributions made by way of Afrodescendant peoples to the artwork, literature, and tradition of varied American societies. Locke deals a prescient imaginative and prescient of the intersection of the 3 Americas: Latin (South) the US, the Caribbean, and North the US. The ebook has major components: First, are the lectures, which all relate to the topics of black cultural contributions in the course of the Americas, minority illustration and marginalization in democratic contexts, the ethics of racial illustration, the idea of cultural transformation and transparency, and the moral concerns focused on cross-cultural exchanges. the second one section of the ebook is a severe interpretive essay that elucidates the Inter-American philosophical importance of the lectures and their relevance to present philosophical discussions.

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There remains and will remain for a long time, a national issue of exceptional importance, and of considerable gravity. Another interesting fact, culturally, is the intimate association between the moral and intellectual elite of the white majority and elite leaders of the Negro minority. This association with only an occasional decade or so of lapse of crusading interest, ever since those noble days of the anti-slavery movement, when Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner, Henry Ward Beecher, Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and eventually Abraham Lincoln, became veritable champions of Negro rights.

There is certainly little interest for us to explain the religious life of the American Negro by assuming as before a particular and mysterious racial religiosity. The two principal factors are, more exactly, the deep need of religion that is manifested in the Negro as a sort of consolation for the sad conditions of slavery and the deep moral character of his ancestral tradition and teaching. Thus, the time has arrived where the traits of African groupings and racial characters of the Negro must be considered on the same basis as those of other groupings and races.

It arises from the fact that throughout our national history, and particularly for the century and a LECTURE 3: THE NEGRO’S POSITION IN NORTH AMERICAN CULTURE 43 quarter since the dawn of the anti-slavery movement, North American public opinion has been sharply divided itself on the race issue. To realize this clearly we have only to call to mind the symbolic fact of four long years of Civil War, 1860–1865, fought over the issue of the slave system and the emancipation of the Negro. Even at the time the division of the national mind and conscience was not wholly regional between the South and the North.

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