By Eliot Somers
 “Tribal” Large   family groups Sophisticated   lifestyle
 Marked the beginning of family disruption Destroyed   hundreds of years of African culture Resulted        in fewer yo...
 Tore  families apart even more Created distanced yet strong  relationships  • Reflected in today’s African American   p...
 Notion of strong yet distanced relationships  • Each member of the Charles family has a   different connection with the ...
 Generation    Gap  • Bernice and Maretha  • Hard to relate, Maretha is alienated Familymembers spread throughout the Un...
 Included   3 generations of Charles’ Not   uncommon for the time period Provided   a stable family unit for children
 Thanks to MLK Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans no longer face fears of being separated from their lo...
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African American Family Structure

  1. 1. By Eliot Somers
  2. 2.  “Tribal” Large family groups Sophisticated lifestyle
  3. 3.  Marked the beginning of family disruption Destroyed hundreds of years of African culture Resulted in fewer young blacks in the New World
  4. 4.  Tore families apart even more Created distanced yet strong relationships • Reflected in today’s African American population
  5. 5.  Notion of strong yet distanced relationships • Each member of the Charles family has a different connection with the piano • Typical black family of the 1930’s  Extended – Charles Family  Interdependent
  6. 6.  Generation Gap • Bernice and Maretha • Hard to relate, Maretha is alienated Familymembers spread throughout the United States, via the Great Migration
  7. 7.  Included 3 generations of Charles’ Not uncommon for the time period Provided a stable family unit for children
  8. 8.  Thanks to MLK Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans no longer face fears of being separated from their loved ones African Americans are still more likely to live in “non-taditional” family units, but less so than before.

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