African American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Ed

Cultural Studies

African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Ed

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African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Edition presents the history, customs, symbols, and lore of more than 100 diverse holidays and festivals celebrated by Americans of African descent in the United States.

Events covered include historical and contemporary African-American holidays—ranging from slave observances to Kwanzaa. Also covered are holidays and festivals commemorating notable people, historical events, cultural heritage, and religious beliefs. Religious observances include those of various Christian denominations as well as those of Santería and other African-based faiths.

Each entry covers the official name and date of the holiday or festival; its history and how it was created; when and where it was first celebrated; where and how it is observed today; places to visit and relevant organizations, with contact information; and sources for further reading. For a more complete understanding of the coverage offered in African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Edition. A few of the notable entries include:

  • Battle of Olustee Reenactment
  • Black Cowboy Parade
  • Black Poetry Day
  • Buffalo Soldiers Commemorations
  • Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
  • Juneteenth
  • Kwanzaa
  • Malcolm X’s Birthday
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • Native Islander Gullah Celebration
  • Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration
  • Odunde Festival
  • Rondo Days Celebration
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Umoja Karamu
  • Watch Night

Accessibly written entries will be enjoyed by students doing research on African-American cultural studies, general readers with an interest in different traditions, and teachers preparing units on African-American history and contemporary  life.