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First, we acknowledge and say thank you to Hip-Hop’s first international awareness organization – The Universal Zulu Nation.
Formed and headed by Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, it arose in 1973 in the South Bronx and began to organize cultural events for youths combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of Hip- Hop Culture. By the 1980s, Hip-Hop had spread globally, and the Universal Zulu Nation has since established chapters in Japan, France, the UK, Australia, South Korea, Cape Town South Africa and other locations all over the planet so-called Earth.
The 1st Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture: Hip-Hop Educational Summit also acknowledges the debt owed to The Universal Zulu Nation.
How can there be a Hip-Hop History Month Celebration anywhere that does not acknowledge and reach out to the Universal Zulu Nation. With chapters all over the world, The UZN has made manifest its vision of Planet Rock. Hip-Hop’s global reach and influence is in large part due to the UZN. The bridging of Cultures: Black, Brown, Red, Yellow and White worldwide. The awakening of Higher Consciousness, Self Expression and Creativity that like the Knowledge of our Ancient Ancestors, told us who we were, who we are and who we could be – Knowledge of Self, of our Communities, our People… The Universal Zulu Nation is the Foundation of Hip-Hop. And as we bear witness to Hip-Hop entering institutions of Higher Learning… So must its Foundation. The Universal Zulu Nation and all Pioneers of the Culture we claim identifies who we are.
- Zulu Nation Writes an Open Letter to Mainstream Radio (hipsterkidz.com)
- Afrika Bambaataa (zunigamario.wordpress.com)
- A Message from ClassAction Student Group… (elementsofculture2014.wordpress.com)
- MC K~Swift (elementsofculture2014.wordpress.com)
The Hip Hop Declaration of Peace
This Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace guides Hip-Hop Kulture toward freedom from violence, and establishes advice and protection for the existence and development of the international Hip-Hop community. Through the principles of this Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace we, Hip-Hop Kulture, establish a foundation of Health, Love, Awareness, Wealth, peace and prosperity for ourselves, our children and their children’s children, forever. For the clarification of Hip-Hop’s meaning and purpose, or when the intention of Hip-Hop is questioned, or when disputes between parties arise concerning Hip-Hop; Hip-Hoppas shall have access to the advice of this document, The Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace, as guidance, advice and protection.
Hip-Hop is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. Ever growing, it is commonly expressed through such elements as Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, Deejayin, Beatboxin, Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. Wherever and whenever these and future elements and expressions of Hip-Hop Kulture manifest; this Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace shall advise the use and interpretation of such elements, expressions and lifestyle.
Hip-Hop Kulture respects the dignity and sanctity of life without discrimination or prejudice. Hip-Hoppas shall thoroughly consider the protection and the development of life, over and before the individual decision to destroy or seek to alter its natural development.
Hip-Hop Kulture respects the Laws and agreements of its culture, its country, its institutions and whomever it does business with. Hip-Hop does not irresponsibly break Laws and commitments.
Hip-Hop is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. As a conscious way of life, we acknowledge our influence on society, especially on children; and we shall forever keep the rights and welfare of both in mind. Hip-Hop Kulture encourages womanhood, manhood, sisterhood, brotherhood, childhood and family. We are conscious not to bring any intentional disrespect that jeopardizes the dignity and reputation of our children, elders and ancestors.
The ability to define, defend and educate ourselves is encouraged, developed, preserved, protected and promoted as a means toward peace and prosperity, and toward the protection and the development of our self-worth. Through knowledge of purpose and the development of our natural and learned skills, Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to always present their best work and ideas.
Hip-Hop Kulture honors no relationship, person, event, act or otherwise wherein the preservation and further development of Hip-Hop’s culture, principles and elements are not considered or respected. Hip-Hop Kulture does not participate in activities that clearly destroy or alter its ability to productively and peacefully exist. Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to initiate and participate in fair trade and honesty in all negotiations and transactions.
The essence of Hip-Hop is beyond entertainment: The elements of Hip-Hop Kulture may be traded for money, honor, power, respect, food, shelter, information and other resources; however, Hip-Hop and its culture cannot be bought, nor is it for sale. It (Hip-Hop) cannot be transferred or exchanged by or to anyone for any compensation at any time or at any place. Hip-Hop is not a product. Hip-Hop is the priceless principle of our self-empowerment.
Companies, corporations, non and not-for-profit organizations, as well as individuals and groups that are clearly benefiting from the use, interpretation and/or exploitation of the term Hip-Hop, (i.e. Hip Hop, hip-hop,) and the expressions and terminologies of Hip-Hop, (i.e. Hip Hop, hip-hop,) are encouraged to commission and/or employ a full-time or part-time certified Hip-Hop Kultural Specialist to interpret and answer sensitive cultural questions regarding the principles and proper presentations of Hip-Hop’s elements and culture; relative to businesses, individuals, organizations, communities, cities, as well as other countries.
May 3 is Rap Music Day. Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to dedicate their own time and talent to self-development and for service to their communities. Every third week in May is Hip-Hop Appreciation Week. During this time, Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to honor their ancestors, reflect upon their cultural contributions and appreciate the elements and principles of Hip-Hop Kulture. November is Hip-Hop History Month. During this time Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to participate in the creating, learning and honoring of Hip-Hop’s history and historical cultural contributors.
Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to build meaningful and lasting relationships that rest upon Love, trust, equality and respect. Hip-Hoppas are encouraged not to cheat, abuse, or deceive their friends.
The Hip-Hop community exists as an international culture of consciousness that provides all races, tribes, religions and styles of people a foundation for the communication of their best ideas and works. Hip-Hop Kulture is united as one multi-skilled, multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-racial people committed to the establishment and the development of peace.
Hip-Hop Kulture does not intentionally or voluntarily participate in any form of hate, deceit, prejudice or theft at any time. At no time shall Hip-Hop Kulture engage in any violent war within itself. Those who intentionally violate the principles of this Declaration of Peace or intentionally reject its advice, forfeit by their own actions the protections set forth herein.
Hip-Hop Kulture rejects the immature impulse for unwarranted acts of violence and always seeks diplomatic, non-violent strategies in the settlement of all disputes. Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to consider forgiveness and understanding before any act of retaliation. War is reserved as a final solution when there is evidence that all other means of diplomatic negotiation have failed repeatedly.
Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to eliminate poverty, speak out against injustice and shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world. Hip-Hop Kulture supports a dialogue and action that heals divisions in society, addresses the legitimate concerns of humankind and advances the cause of peace.
Hip-Hoppas respect and learn from the ways of Nature, regardless of where we are on this planet. Hip-Hop Kulture holds sacred our duty to contribute to our own survival as independent, free-thinking beings in and throughout the Universe. This planet, commonly known as Earth is our nurturing parent and Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to respect Nature and all creations and inhabitants of Nature.
Hip-Hop’s pioneers, legends, teachas, elders, and ancestors shall not be inaccurately quoted, misrepresented, or disrespected at any time. No one should profess to be a Hip-Hop pioneer or legend unless they can prove with facts and/or witnesses their credibility and contributions to Hip-Hop Kulture.
Hip-Hoppas are encouraged to share resources. Hip-Hoppas should give as freely and as often as possible. It is the duty of every Hip-Hoppa to assist, whenever possible, in the relief of human suffering and in the correction of injustice. Hip-Hop is shown the highest respect when Hip-Hoppas respect each other. Hip-Hop Kulture is preserved, nurtured and developed when Hip-Hoppas preserve, nurture and develop one another.
Hip-Hop Kulture maintains a healthy, caring and wealthy, central Hip-Hop guild – fully aware and invested with the power to promote, teach, interpret, modify and defend the principles of this Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace.
- Are You Hip Hop? The Hip Hop Declaration of Peace (reneetheg.com)
While working on this Summit, this song has been key to keeping me focused. This song speaks to my Soul and communicates my love for Hip-Hop Culture… Let this song inspire you as much as it has inspired me… Peace
– Natisha Jordan (Founding President and Program Coordinator – ClassAction Student Group)
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The Department of African and African American Studies is in the School of Arts and Humanities with such departments as History, Music, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, English, and Philosophy. Courses taken in African and African American studies can fulfill the College’s distribution requirement in historical studies, comparative culture, the arts and literature. Students can take courses in African and African American studies for elective credits. Students may also elect to major or minor in African and African American studies.
African and African American Studies is a body of knowledge that records, describes, and analyzes the experience of Black people in all parts of the world, but especially in America, the Caribbean and Africa. African and African American Studies appraises the past, examines the present, and seeks to shape the future. The African and African American Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.A. degree. The courses are grouped into five sequences: African-American, community and urban, Afro-Caribbean, African, and arts and languages. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Latin American and Caribbean studies and women’s studies.
Mark Christian received his B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology & American Studies from Liverpool Hope University, his M.A. in African & African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Sheffield, England. He is a senior Fulbright scholar recipient, a former research fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and is currently a visiting fellow at the Department of Sociology, The University of Liverpool. He arrives at Lehman after spending eleven years at Miami University of Ohio, where he taught courses in African Diaspora Studies with a comparative analysis of the UK and US; and courses in sociology, such as social stratification and race and ethnic relations. His research interests primarily stem from a historical/cultural lens taking into account the social construction of knowledge and social identities. Currently, he is the book review editor for the Journal of African American Studies. His latest interdisciplinary research interests include the Liverpool Black Atlantic, African American music influences on The Beatles, and the development and struggle of African & African American Studies as a field/discipline in the 21st Century.
- Christian, M. (Ed.). (2012). Integrated but unequal: Black faculty in predominately white space. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
- Mark Christian. (Ed.) Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space (Africa World Press, 2012)
- Mark Christian. (Ed.) Black Identity in the 20th Century: Expressions of the US and UK African Diaspora (Hansib, 2002)
- Mark Christian. Multiracial Identity: An International Perspective (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press/s, 2000)
- Mark Christian (with Stephanie Y. Evans, Guest Editors) ‘Africana/Black Studies at the Graduate Level: A Twenty-First Century Perspective’ Western Journal of Black Studies. 34. (2) (Summer 2010)
- Mark Christian. (Guest Editor) ‘Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association: New Perspectives on Philosophy, Religion, Micro-Studies, Unity and Practice’ Journal of Black Studies 39 (2) (November 2008)