Essay about The Origins Of Black Music

1270 Words Oct 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Black music has been stolen throughout history and rebranded as a “white” genre. There is nothing white about rock & roll. The truth must be told about the origins of our culture and we must acknowledge those who have contributed to it. The university sets out to tell the whole truth and present a variety of perspectives in order to fully comprehend historical events. However, throughout history many perspectives have not been shared. An ancient African proverb states, “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” The oppressed minority will not have their perspective adequately shared, when the oppressive majority is telling the story. The role Africa and its people have played in developing modern society has been drastically underplayed. The origin of man can be traced back to Africa. We all came from a continent whose people and culture has now been stolen and undervalued. Although it is impossible to right the wrongs of the past, we as a society must become educated on the whole truth. Understanding Africa, its people, and their contributions is necessary in order to achieve this truth.
Establishing African American Studies as a legitimate academic discipline took many years, and was met with much criticism and hostility. Africa and its people had been relevant to the United States long before it was established as a nation. Yet it was not until 1969 that the first Black Studies program was established at San…

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