The importance of African Americans returning to the culture of their ancestors is vital to their growth as a people. Culture is very important because it connect us, as a community and gives us an identity, a voice as a nation in a foreign country. Many of the African Americans we see today lack the ability to connect with ourselves this is caused by the effects of slavery forced to conform to European culture.
African culture must continue despite the fact we are in a foreign land it is important we maintain who we are for us and our future generation. The new generation are failing to connect with their culture because they have integrated into European culture. This is because we lost connection with our cultural heritage, which is made up of many things large and small. We can’t see it in the buildings, townscapes, and even in archaeological remains. Culture can be perceived through natural sources as well: the agriculture and landscapes associated with it. It is not readily preserved through books, artifacts, objects, pictures, photographs, art, and oral tradition of American culture. We need more places where cultural heritage is seen in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the spiritual practices we follow, and the skills we learn. Sometimes we need to touch and see what makes up a culture; other times it is intangible.
Many of our economic issues we see in the African American community is the lack of connection with our African roots. We have adopted Christianity to replace our African roots we go there to practice some since of moral community which has failed in addressing the economic and racial issues of the African people. Culture heritage is not to be seen negative but to understand and value cultural diversity are the keys to countering racism. All individuals must feel free to explore the uniqueness of their culture and identity while developing understandings of the cultural diversity that exists in the world around them. Denying cultural expression means limiting the expression of unique perspectives on life and the transmission of knowledge from generation to generation.
African ancestors understood the importance of African culture heritage continuity which created the ability of Africans to remember their African past and use it for motivation by extending their culture from their native land to the New World. It was their African culture that was able to sustain them during the holocaust of the European slave trade and then the ensuing colonial plantation system. It is these cultural structures of African that helped Africans rebel and revolt against slavery and oppression. We saw this during the Haiti, Civil Rights Movements and other rebellions of the past.
The Spanish and Portuguese government put in servitude all non-Christian or non-religious people. Most Europeans involved in the slave trade considered Africans who were not Christians to be devoid of religion and therefore outside humanity. Europeans were not psychologically ready to deal with African culture as a factor in the uprising against slavery and oppression. African culture transcends government and religion in African culture religion and government are intertwined with our culture there was not a need to separate church from state. Many of us are not aware of our African culture because there are not many places to educate African Americans on accurate accounts of history and their culture.
Another benefit of cultural heritage that would help fix African American economic issue is communal support. Those that are able to identify with their cultural heritage are more likely to help out others in the same community. For example the Hispanics, Asians, Irish or Jews participate in events that support and promote cultural heritage beyond religion, Native Americans are a great example. This seems to be an issue in the African American community we seem to give to a religious institution that enslaved and oppress our ancestors before we support our own cultural heritage. Our future generation are beginning to follow this pattern which leave African Americans in venerable situations that continue to dis-empower them as a community.
I started the company Kem Ancestry to help address the issues in my community. I began to notice a few years ago in my own children the lack of cultural identity, I immediately begin to educate them on who they were. I can’t tell you how it happened the only thing I can say is that we integrated into European culture and totally forgot about who we were the most important things that makes us unique. When I educated my children they were unsure about the accuracy of the information I was teaching them until my oldest daughter history teacher confirmed to her I was correct in my teachings, of course she was shocked because the American education institutions does not properly educate African American children on their history or culture. I wouldn’t expect them to let’s be realistic here things have been designed for people to accept and integrate into European culture.
Kem Ancestry was inspired by cultural diversity and the desire to educate African Americans on African culture. We want to promote culture heritage in our community to help with the issues of racism and economic challenges. We offer over 4,000 diverse spiritual products on our website http://www.kemancestry.com we offer African culture products on our Facebook store Kemancestry (https://www.facebook.com/afrikanmetaphysics/?ref=bookmarks). We are here to continue the African culture structure of our ancestors to bring spiritual freedom and growth to our community to give them a sense of cultural identity. We want to offer healing services, we want to display the talents of the people in our community through our business. But we can’t do it without your help, we need you to want to make a difference in the way we are perceived in society. African people must want to be healed we must want to find the ways of our ancestors to be free from a society that excludes us with racism.
Racism can be eliminated through proper knowledge accurate facts of history. We must teach the younger generations the truth to dispel the ignorance of racism. It is important for African people to know they are contributors to the world contrary to what is being taught in the American educational system and what we see on our televisions. We can heal our world through awareness that is being torn by ignorance.
We have began the campaign for a culture store in our community you can donate at our crowdfund account https://www.gofundme.com/kemancestry. We want to serve our community through proper knowledge and education of our African history. We want to honor our ancestors by teaching and exposing African culture, art, history, spirituality, holistic medicine, and positive lifestyles to our future generation. Africans have a diverse rich spiritual history that is captivating to many we have influence some of the popular religions of the world.
We will continue to move forward in the steps of our ancestors to heal and service the African people in our community. It is my cultural heritage to provide a place of solidarity, love and unity to the African community to gain back the knowledge that has been lost to heal our spirits.
Rev.Penelope Stewart B.Msc..