Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication



First Advisor

Umi Vaughan


Africans were brought into the new world in the early 17th century, with a majority of slaves being brought in to the United States. These slaves were forced to leave their African traditions and roots behind, and assimilate to white European culture, thus creating the African American or Blacks. African Americans than began to create their own culture and subculture, integrating what they had left of their ancestors’ culture and what they have gained from white European culture. As slavery was fading out of the US Blacks needed a place where they could feel safe and strive in this new society where blacks were now free. They headed in every direction away from the south. Settling in large cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. With African Americans being spread out the culture is being influenced across the country, creating a new African American Diaspora. A large number of African Americans headed west to the New territory of California, and today it shows having the largest population of African Americans outside of the south. African Americans have created their own culture here in California, but its roots still hold deep to their southern ancestors.