Title

I Still Remember America: Senior African-Americans Talk About Segregation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2008

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

This paper identifies the survival and coping strategies senior African Americans adopted during segregation in the southern USA. Describing how they maintained positive outlooks on life, our respondents discussed family unity, community strength, the contestation of African American inferiority, religious faith, fighting physical aggression, and downplaying the impact of segregation. They consistently mentioned differential treatment, violence, and their inability to access most public spaces. Respondents depicted segregation as a group, rather than an individual, experience. The findings reveal the significance of lived experience and collective memory in processes of identity formation for African Americans, and they have implications for contemporary race relations in the USA.

Publication Title

Journal of African American Studies

Volume

12

Issue

3

First Page

229

Last Page

242

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