If not for the black community in the USA, the Lindy Hop dance & this community would not exist. The dance originated in African American communities and those people are the reason we dance Lindy Hop and enjoy blues
and other swing dances today.
Black American dancers and musicians made a vital contribution to the growth of the dance (and still do), so we honour and appreciate their role in history and society, and try to be an ally.
One of the things we can do, as dancers & teachers enjoying a dance with black roots, is to educate ourselves about the level of systemic racism that exists in the world (in Europe as well as the USA), check ourselves, and listen to black people and their experiences.
Want to get educated? A few ideas to get started:
- Obsidian Tea from Grey Armstrong is a good place to learn about black culture and making spaces more inclusive
- Being Antiracist from the National African American Museum of History & Culture
- A Podcast series series exploring what it means to be white
- The PBS history series The African Americans Many Rivers to Cross on Youtube
- A great list with resource on books, tv shows, movies, and websites which cover black lives and black issues
- Under our Skin - What do we mean when we talk about race? from the Seattle Times
Dutch resources to engage, learn and educate:
- Wit huiswerk
- The Black Archives
- Nederland Wordt Beter
Gedeeld Verleden, Gezamenlijke Toekomst Rotterdam