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The other school of thought, cultural relativity, believes that the black family is a functional entity and was greatly influenced by its African ancestry. In exploring the cultural relativity school I use the works of Robert Hill, Niara Sudarkasa, and Joanne and Elmer Martin. Hill concentrates on the five major strengths of the African-American family. Professor Sudarkasa in her work concentrates on the influence of the African heritage on the functioning and structure of the American black family. I conclude my unit by examining the Martinsí work which focused on the helping tradition that originated in Africa and played a vital role in the black family up until 1930.
(Recommended for Social Studies, grades 7-8, and History, grades 9-12)
Afro-Americans Family Life