[The African American Continuum of Worldview]

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Lincoln Lecture Side 1, Pryor Side 2


Henry Mitchell

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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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circa 1972

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Dr. Henry Mitchell gives a lecture at Lincoln University on the African worldview. In the lecture he discusses how African religion and culture have continued in Western civilization.

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00:00:05 Audio begins with Dr. Henry Mitchell talking about how pleased he is to be back at Lincoln.

00:02:12 Introduces the discussion on culture and how many say Black people have been stripped of their culture on the assumption Africans had no value system.

00:3:38 Introduces discussion title “The African American Continuum of Worldview”.

00:04:24 Suggests that African Americans have an African belief system with a lot of Christian overlap and some European adaptations.

00:11:54 Talks about a sculpture being on campus made by great man from Ghana.

00:16:33 Talks about how over the centuries, African people developed a faith in life and in the supreme God who made the all the little gods.

00:17:26 Talks about the White man view of the world.

00:24:59 Talks about research and how the African worldview ended up in America.

00:30:51 Talks about the ring shout and AME conference in Jamaica.

00:36:52 Question and answer session.

01:11:29 Audio ends.


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