1994 Working Papers #10: “African Diaspora Movement Arts in Philadelphia: A Beginning Resource List”

This guide provides history, format, contact names,addresses, and phone numbers of some African dance and African American marching units in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). The working papers are divided into two categories. “Part One: Movements of African Dance in Philadelphia” begins with a sensitive, detailed explanation of the contextual meaning and authentication of local African dance tradition. “Part Two: African American Marching Units in Philadelphia” is introduced with a brief historical background of this vernacular African-derived dance form. Some emphasis is placed on its evolvement, in part, through the community’s need to do something for the children, facilitate a viable apparatus to teach their cultural heritage, and to provide youth with a form of discipline training.

Benita Binta Brown-Danquah