The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research 2013 Research Study Tour
The Influence of the Spanish Moors on African American Culture
Savannah, Georgia and St. Augustine, Florida
Sunday March 23rd Friday, March29th
Departing on Saturday, March 23, 2013 promptly at 7 a.m. – Returning on Friday, March 29
Each year, The Center for Black Culture and Research sponsors a Research Study Tour to explore different aspects of African American history, life, and culture.
In March 2013 we will journey to Savannah, GA, St. Augustine FL, and the surrounding region. While there, we will examine the history and influence of the Spanish Moors, and their significant impact on African American history and culture.
People of African descent greatly altered the demographics of North America. Through participation in militias, the formation of African American communities, and the defense of colonial frontiers, pioneers of African descent helped to settle and develop Spanish America, which encompassed present day Florida, and much of the Western United States as well as Mexico, Central and South America, and parts of the Caribbean. Africans and their descendants influenced and were influenced by changes in culture, including a system of color and racial categorization, the social and economic order within Spanish colonial society, and the many types of resistance used during the late fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. http://www.nps.gov/ethnography/aah/aaheritage/SpanishAmA.htm
On our journey, we will have the opportunity to examine historical documents, and talk to academic and political experts about the impact of Black conquistadors, and African pioneers on this fascinating region.
If you would be interesting in traveling with us, please complete the attached application materials, and submit by- EXTENDED DEADLINE IS MARCH 22, 2013 There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee required to be paid at the time of application unless prior arrangements are agreed upon
If you have any questions, or are not able to apply electronically, please call the Center for Black Culture and Research at: 304) 293-7029.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE RESEARCH STUDY TOUR HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 8, 2013
Download the 2013 Research Study Tour Application and Related Files Here:
NEW ORLEANS-CBC&R Research Study Tour Sunday Mar. 20- Thursday Mar. 24, 2011
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In March of 2011, the CBC&R Research Study traveled students to New Orleans, Louisiana five years after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80% of the city. WVU students and faculty/staff were able to witness firsthand how the city is rebounding and rebuilding, and observed the beauty, history and artistic culture that still exists in this magnificent city.
One of our primary goals was to explore and investigate the social, economic and political state of New Orleans, and attempt to answer the questions:
1. How has New Orleans culture and people been impacted by Hurricane Katrina? 2. What is the status of the city’s historical landmarks, and how many of them are still standing? 3. What is the state the economy for African Americans in the aftermath of the storm?
Students from Dillard, Xavier, and S.U.N.O. universities met with the WVU research tour group to share their experiences, and had an open dialogue and discussion about the disproportionate negative effects on the Black community of Hurricane Katrina, and the subtle and overt racial implications of the inadequate response to the disaster by our government agencies.
We explored the lessons learned through the Katrina experience, and its lasting impact on our society.