African American Lives African American culture African American dance, like other aspects of African American culture, finds its earliest roots in the dances of the hundreds of African ethnic groups that made up African slaves in the Americas as well as influences from European sources in the United States Dance in the African tradition, and thus in the tradition of slaves, was a part of both everyday life and special occasions. African Americans History Culture Britannica Nevertheless, African Americans have made basic and lasting contributions to American history and culture At the turn of the st century, than half the country s than million African Americans lived in the South Southern states had black populations exceeding million. Association for the Study of African American Life and History The Association for the Study of African American Life and History EIN is a tax exempt c organization Contributions to ASALH are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. This African American Life A Memoir Hugh B Price The Washington D.C native has written about his life and family ancestry in a new book, This African American Life Blair Publishers It spans his early life in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of the nation s capital and his experiences growing up in the segregated city in the s as well as the barriers to advancement. The Lives of African Americans in the U.S Pew Research The Washington Post series drew attention to some of the discouraging statistics in African American life today The four part series, Wasting Away , examined the squandering of D.C s AIDS dollars in Washington, DC s predominantly African American Introduction to Colonial African American Life The Introduction to Colonial African American Life Slavery existed in every colony At the dawn of the American Revolution, percent of the population in the thirteen colonies was of African descent.