The Diversity Of The African American Community

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Individuals throughout history have always identified and associated themselves with community based a variety of attributes such as religious beliefs and ethnicity. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs further supports that being a part of a community is an intrinsic movement that motivates human behaviour, as people feel emotionally stable when they identify themselves as a part of a community. Thus, the building associated with communal identity is often dictated by the growth or decline of the community itself. By examining the evolution of community buildings in relation to the progression of the African American community in the United States of America, it is evident that the psychological human needs have influenced the progression of the buildings.

Every community evolves from people alike, whether this is by race, religious beliefs or interests. The African-American community was an outcome of racial discrimination and bigotry in America. The enslavement of Africans in America began in 1619 and continued until President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves… shall be free” in 1865 (Levine, 1996). Although former slaves received the rights of citizenship and the “equal protection of the Constitution in the 14th Amendment (1866), their freed status remained precarious and provisions of the Constitution were often ignored or violated. According to Levine and Urofsky, a great majority of the “whites” believed that “blacks”…
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