If you aren't familiar with what is considered to be Americana, they are materials that have shaped American civilization or culture. The term is more often than not used in music, but it can pertain to pretty much anything related to America. The problem is that when Americana comes up there are often some key pieces that for whatever reason get left out of the conversation.
Unfortunately, those pieces often happen to be related to black American culture. If we are all Americans, shouldn't what is considered Americana transcend the color of the creator's skin? Here are five pieces of African Americana that demand anyone's respect.
1. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream Speech
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed America with his life's work and unforgettable speeches. America wouldn't be as great as it is without his iconic I Have A Dream Speech.
2. Michael Jackson was the ultimate icon.
The King of Pop is arguably the most globally recognized entertainer to have ever lived. His music touched people all over the world, but especially in the states.
3. Rock and roll came from where?
No one person can for sure lay claim the the invention of rock and roll, but it is for certain that its origins came from the deep black south from pioneers like Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Ike Turner, Hank Williams, Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, and Little Richard.
4. Henry Ossawa Tanner's art was amazing.
He was the first African American painter to gain international acclaim for his art. After moving to Paris in 1891 to study, Henry Ossawa Tanner became widely accepted in artistic circles.
5. The first African American book of poetry.
Even though she was brought to America and sold into slavery, Phillis Wheatley managed to become the first African American to have a book of poetry published.