Expressively Black: The Cultural Basis of Ethnic Identity

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Expressively Black aims to illustrate and illuminate the expressive quality of the life and culture of Afro-Americans. This new volume is a collection of essays exploring the different aspects of the Black cultural experience, and includes chapters on black style, kinship and family ties, communication, leadership, music, religion, soul-mate, art, theatre, physical expressiveness, and cultural continuation. It explicates the principle that Black culture is, fundamentally, and oral and aural culture that can best be seen, felt, understood, and appreciated through telling experiential encounters. This text is designed and written to immerse the reader into the inner dynamics of different dimensions of the culture. Simultaneously, it provides some structural frameworks and conceptual principles for comprehending these dimensions within Black culture as a whole.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275924652
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/5/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

GENEVA GAY is Professor of Education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Preface by St. Clair Drake

Introduction by Willie L. Baber and Geneva Gay

Expressive Ethos of Afro-American Culture by Geneval Gay

We Are Family: Kinship and Solidarity in the Black Community by Marilyn M. White

Ethnic Identity Development and Black Expressiveness by Geneva Gay

The Artistry and Artifice of Black Communication by Ceola Ross Baber

From Backwoods to City Streets: The Afro-American Musical Journey by Mellonee V. Burnim and Portial K. Maultsby

Expressive Traditions in Afro-American Visual Arts by Gladstone L. Yearwood

Theatre in Black by Charles Pace

A Film Portrait of Ritual Expression: The Blood of Jesus by Adrienne Lanier-Seward

Ebony Expressions in Poetry

Meet the "Madam Queen": The Expressiveness of Four Black Women by Barbara R. Pyle

Psychocultural Perspectives on Afro-American Leadership Style by Willie L. Baber

Communion of Spirits by Carolyn E. Johnson

Communication and Continuity in the Diaspora: Some Personal Reflections on Cultural Connections by Ewart C. Skinner and Osita Nwokah

Retrospective Visions by Geneva Gay and Willie L. Baber


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