African Atlantic Culture

Every week you put on your Sunday best, go to church and join the rest of the congregation in worship.  Have you ever wondered about the root of your religious practices?  Many African American religious rituals like the incorporation of music and dance in worship and the call and response preaching style can be traced all the way back to before the arrival of the slaves in the America.  These practices were and have remained an important part of the African American experience.  While there have been many changes in form over the years, some communities like the Creole speaking South Carolina and Georgia Gullah were able to stay pretty close to their roots.  Ras Michael Brown’s African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry explores the role of spirituality for African Americans in South Carolina from colonial times through the twentieth century. For more information go to the Cambridge University Press website.