Day 8 black History Month

Day 8 black History Month

Most people recognize that there are first names given almost exclusively by Black Americans to their children, such as Jamal and Latasha.

While fodder for comedians and social commentary, many have assumed that these distinctively Black names are a modern phenomenon. My research shows that’s not true.

Long before there was Jamal and Latasha, there was Booker and Perlie.

Many scholars believe that distinctively Black names emerged from the civil rights movement, perhaps attributable to the Black Power movement and the later Black cultural movement of the 1990s as a way to affirm and embrace Black culture.

‘Black Names’: A Retrospective Of A Distinct African American Cultural Practice


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