Many African Americans first came to the New World as slaves, but they brought with them the free expression of a heritage rich in music, dance, and other art forms. Over the years, African Americans have not lost their ancient traditions. Instead, they have molded them to become a vital part of American culture.
The African-American Arts series traces old ways to new - for example, the African circle dance to the innovative modern dance of The Harlem Nutcracker, and the strong rhythms of Africa's talking drums to the music of ragtime, jazz, soul, and rap.
The series celebrates the contributions of African Americans to many areas of the arts. A proud heritage continues...
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