Moving from victims of slavery to holding high titles, such as the President of the United States, African Americans have persevered through their times of hardship and have become respected, successful contributors to the United States and other countries around the world. One huge contribution to their success is their tight hold on their sacred culture that has pushed them spiritually to succeed.
Over the years, the number of African Americans in the United States has grown tremendously. “The population of African Americans, including those more than one race, was estimated at 40.7 million, comprising 13.5% of the total population as of July 1, 2007, according to the Census Bureau” (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 91). Of those in the United States, African Americans primarily have African ancestors, but can be mixed with other races, due to the slavery of the 17th to 19th centuries (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 91). Although the majority of these African Americans share common facial features and characteristics, there can be slight variations in culture do to the mix of races. To care for these patients appropriately, those working in the healthcare field must be able to recognize this and ask each patient what they would like to be identified in terms of their ethnicity (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 91).
As stated earlier, African Americans primarily have African ancestors. “Varying estimates reveal that from 3.5 to 24 million slaves landed in the Americas during the slave trade era” (Campinha-Bacote, 2012, p. 91). The knowledge of their heritage has moved onward through generations mostly by storytelling (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 91).
Although African Americans live throughout the United States, there are areas that are densely populated. The city with the largest African American population is Gary, Indiana (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 92). The main reason for migration to the northern states was job and monetary security for their families. “World War II was a major catalyst in fostering migration to urban and northern areas, which provided greater economic opportunities” (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 92). It was at this time that Caucasians and African Americans started working closely with one another (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 92). However, the highest percentages of African Americans still live in the South.
Even though African Americans have had less educational opportunities in the past, it has always been highly valued in their families. Most see education as a one-way ticket to job security and financial and social stability (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 92). “ It is not uncommon to see cooperative efforts among siblings to assist one another financially to obtain college education” (Campinha-Bacote, 2013, p. 92). Families help support each other mentally, emotionally, and financially during the years of higher education and expect their family members to do the same for them in return.
Although the number of African Americans in the workplace...