African-American Culture Essay

2564 Words Apr 25th, 2011 11 Pages
Running head: AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

African-American Culture

Abstract
In this paper I discuss the African-American culture in regards to values, norms and beliefs.
I also discuss my family’s adaptation to these values, norms and beliefs along with my own individual cultural sense of identity. Lastly, this paper reflects the impact of my role and ethical responsibilities as a social worker, especially in relation to working with the Hmong family in the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

My cultural group in regards to values, norms, and beliefs. The African-American people have suffered great hardships since slavery. During the 15 and 19th century many Africans were taken and forced into slavery. Some slaves
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My mother was known to take in others and their children giving them a place to live until they could get on their feet. A lot of emphasis was placed on holidays such as Thanksgiving, family reunions and church homecomings where our family would gather together and celebrate with good cheer. It was a very happy time. Character was also valued in our home, having a good name and being known as an honest upright person was critical. My mother promoted having good credit and paying off your debts. She knew the value of time management and credit worthiness long before it was popular culture. We were taught to treat others as we wanted to be treated and your word is your bond, to always honor your commitments. My mother believed our works and talents may open doors but our character will keep us there. Honest work / labor was valued in our home. Although my mother cleaned white people’s homes she took a lot of pride in her work. She went to work everyday sometime sick and often very tired. She always emphasized the importance of doing your best and not half doing a job. In addition, she owned rental properties giving her another stream line of income to take care of her family. Although my mother only had an eight grade education she placed high value on education. She knew that the only way we would have a better quality of life was to be educated. She often told us that our education

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