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Preserving core cultural values

Melvin B. Miller

Citizens of productive, dynamic nations are usually eager to develop unique cultural traditions that continue on as religious practices or as expected procedures for displaying respect for the country’s leaders. In addition to those traditions that are intentionally created, most aspects of the culture simply emerge from prominent circumstances.

Those old enough to have lived in Boston during World War II can remember how the exigencies of war time forced people to adjust their lifestyles. Many of those who could afford to have automobiles were unable to rely on cars because gasoline was rationed and tires were generally unavailable. People had to walk or ride the street cars.

As a result, drug stores were established within walking distance of most residential areas. Small grocery stores made shopping more convenient. It was impractical to tote home the load of groceries that people now bring by car. There were no such ventures then as shopping malls. Local movie theaters were also just a few blocks from one’s house.

Indeed times have changed, but the process of change continues. It is good for those preparing plans for the progress of African Americans to consider the circumstances that people have survived and the cultural values that have developed as a consequence. In crafting remedies and solutions for past difficulties it is good to have an awareness and anticipation of future problems.

The ultimate objective is to establish a productive culture with high principles to carry the people through the hard times.

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