Beliefs of Africian Americans (1960-1970) in the south

African American in the South (1960-1970)
I. What religion were did they follow?
II. What were their holidays?
III. What was their main form of wedding?
IV. Brief of their daily lives.
Asked Jan 10, 2012
I studied the Jim Crow era, so this is a bit late for me. Check out:

1. Mostly Baptist.

2. Christian holidays... Christmas, Easter... Also New Year's, Thanksgiving, etc. Government holidays. There's debate about how widely and genuinely Kwanzaa was adopted. It's founder Maulana Karenga is a very polarizing figure. Middle class blacks were put off by his militant attitudes. And Juneteenth:

3. Typical Christian wedding. Not sure how prevalent "Jumping the Broom" was.

4. Same as everyone else, except there was a heightened sense of being aware of your surroundings and racial "vibes" to try to protect yourself from racial discrimination and violence. Racism was/is an omnipresent part of daily life for most (and not just in the South).
Answered Jan 12, 2012
Edited Jan 12, 2012
Sounds good. Thank you... Thank you. I need to research this for someting fun I am doing.
I. What religion were did they follow? The vast majority were/are protestant.

II. What were their holidays? Same as everyone else in the US except Kwanzaa began in 1966. Dr King day day didn't exist until the Regan Administration in 1983. It is a national holiday (everybody), not just African American.

III. What was their main form of wedding? Typical protestant ceremony.

IV. Brief of their daily lives. Everybody's life was, and is, different on a daily basis. I don't think you can describe a "typical" day for such a large segment of the population.
Answered Jan 10, 2012
I know they may have still being having problems, but yeah makes sense. Too bad you do not know anything about Hindi beliefs.
I was hoping BrightStar would answer that one.
Rob Jan 11, 2012
I tried. I'm such a bad Indian thought. I'm sure they're voting to take away my membership card right now.
Any thoughts help. Thanks for trying that's all that matters.
That's the height of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Really exciting stuff happening. Hopefully skyDancer will answer. She has a degree in African American history.
Answered Jan 11, 2012
I am not sure about the rest but according to a book I read about a slave girl, they had been totally converted to Christianity and even a few of them believed that it they were meant to be slaves.
Answered Jan 12, 2012
One of the driving forces behind slavery was religion. If you listen to the words of the old "spiritual" music written and sung by slaves, it contains many phrases like, "Swing down sweet chariot and let me ride," "Walk the streets of gold (in heaven) and "Pearly gates." They were led to believe that the more they suffered here on earth, the more they would be rewarded in the afterlife. It was those promises that got the slaves into religion that was far from what they knew in their homeland.
Rob Jan 12, 2012
By 1960, we're well into Civil Rights and Black Power. You'd be hard pressed to find any AA then who believed AAs were "meant" to be slaves. Most AAs are still pretty pissed about slavery today...

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