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The jumping-the-broom ritual is one way- but what about "crossing sticks"? One must also consider wedding rituals that are core to Africans. Many authors (e.g., H. Cole, I. Sturgis, Editors of Signature Bride Magazine) have written about traditional African and African American wedding rituals - e.g., "libations", "tasting the elements", "kola nut communion", and "Kwanzaa". These rituals should add on to the list of "things to consider". These rituals, along with others, suggest that the foci of an Afro-centric wedding are two families uniting and honoring African roots. It should be a ceremony that not only sheds light on "new" and "family" love, but should also be educational. People should leave an Afro-centric wedding with a regenerated knowledge of their African roots. There should be fruitful opportunities for guests to explore past and present facets of African roots. Such weddings should bring Africa to America.
The goal was to create a scene that accentuated Africa. Moreover, guests were presented wedding programs that not only outlined the wedding activities, but also explained the rituals and terms that were incorporated in the wedding. Again, this was a celebration of love and African roots.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art
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