Mission, Scope and Definitions
This site is being built by African Americans and their advocates for the purpose of showing the contributions by and participation of African Americans and other affected classes and cultures to the community fabric.
The site seeks to bring a progressive perspective and activist strategies to meet the challenges in our communities.
The site seeks to be the connecting communications link where we, the African American community, bring information, news and culture to share with each other and the broader community.
Having limited time and resources, our first priorities shall be Black, progressive, activist, informative, cultural, serving, ecological and entrepreneurial.
Definition of Culture
Culture is a definition highly misunderstood and misused. Below are three definitions.
1. Culture refers to the following Ways of Life, including but not limited to:
a. Language : the oldest human institution and the most sophisticated medium of expression.
b. Arts & Sciences : the most advanced and refined forms of human expression.
c. Thought : the ways in which people perceive, interpret, and understand the world around them.
d. Spirituality : the value system transmitted through generations for the inner well-being of human beings, expressed through language and actions.
e. Social activity : the shared pursuits within a cultural community, demonstrated in a variety of festivities and life-celebrating events.
f. Interaction : the social aspects of human contact, including the give-and-take of socialization, negotiation, protocol, and conventions.
2. The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
3. In the twentieth century, “culture” emerged as a concept central to anthropology, encompassing all human phenomena that are not purely results of human genetics. Specifically, the term “culture” in American anthropology had two meanings:
a. the evolved human capacity to classify and represent experiences with symbols, and to act imaginatively and creatively.
b. the distinct ways that people living in different parts of the world classified and represented their experiences, and acted creatively.
We Need You
For Communication and Culture
We will be no better than your cooperation and participation make us.
We need artists, writers, musicians, and actors, those adding to the cultural context of our community. We need business people and entrepreneurs. We need those who contribute to the social welfare of the community – social workers, educators, counselors, those serving your community. Or how about sports figures? And don’t forget our community icons past and present.
If you would like to join our volunteer staff or become a regular contributor let us know what your passions and interests are in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We in the Spokane area have contacts and connections that reach beyond our borders. We welcome input from your relatives, friends and associates wherever they are, that can share experiences relevant to African American interests and issues. Send it to us at the Spokane African American Voice at email@example.com.
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