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For most of American history African-Americans have been considered andtreated as inferiors Their folksongs and tales have been benignly lookedupon as harmless meaningless expressions of a dull-witted race whose onlycontribution to American life was a strong back and a weak mind Evenafter the Civil War the ingrown prejudices continued to relegate thefreedmen to the bottom rung of a strict caste ladder Their folklore wasrepeatedly ignored or belittled Only since the coming of black awarenesspioneered by men like W Dubois and Frederick Douglas has the AfricanAmerican community realized that their culture is uniquely American andsingularly important to the understanding and establishment of theAmerican cultural and artistic scene It is one of the few elements oftheir heritage that they can look back on and recognize as valuable inAmericas development This is the essence of the black folksongsstories and art they fill a void and force recognition of the AfricanAmerican contribution These superstitions and folklore from the pastdemonstrate the influences wielded upon African Americans of today aswell as pave the way for a new form of folklore which is told throughartIn order to effectively illustrate the progression and correlation ofearly African American folklore and the emergence of a new breed ofartist a specific group of artist all utilizing the same type of art formwill be discussed Therefore the focus of this paper will be on recentAfrican American artist in Houston Texas all of whom utilizeplace-specific art to convey their images and messages Before discussingthe current art movement it is vital to understand the history of thesuperstitions and folklore which are the inspiration for Houstonsplace-specific artA Brief History of African American Superstition and Folklore Since theirarrival on American soil African Americans have contributed to ourcollective culture Their songs poems stories spirituals and proverbswhile at times reinforcing the white theory of supremacy gave them afoundation of identity that was passed from generation to generation Theghost stories and superstitions are probably the best known examples ofearly black culture This is because
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