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Role of the Black Funeral Director in the Black Lives Matter Movement

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This paper attempts to show how death has been used as a catalyst within the civil right movement, and second the role black funeral directors have played in such movements. Sixty years following the civil rights movement we see the maturity of a new movement that now flies under the banner Black Lives Matter. We also see a new generation of black funeral directors, such as myself, looking to support our community in the undertaking of such movements. This movement, just as the civil rights movement, was sparked by the death of one of the sons of the black community, Trayvon Martin. Many have called Martin the Emmett Till of our time, drawing parallels between the two because of the closeness in age and the circumstances that lead to their violent deaths. Martin’s death like Till’s led the nation to reexamine the issues of race and race relations while igniting youth led movements. Beyond the social, political, and legal implication of both these cases are the families, communities and the fact that black funeral directors are entrusted to handle their remains. The role of black funeral directors then, just as it is now, has been to serve the black community in their time of need. Unbeknownst to the public and perhaps to history is the role they serve as more than just the funeral service provider. Because of this, he/she is a wearer of many hats – voice for the community, political leader, intricate to the economic base, and social compass
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Name: 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
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Jackson, Edwin. "Role of the Black Funeral Director in the Black Lives Matter Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH, <Not Available>. 2018-06-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1298185_index.html>

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Jackson, E. "Role of the Black Funeral Director in the Black Lives Matter Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH <Not Available>. 2018-06-18 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1298185_index.html

Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: This paper attempts to show how death has been used as a catalyst within the civil right movement, and second the role black funeral directors have played in such movements. Sixty years following the civil rights movement we see the maturity of a new movement that now flies under the banner Black Lives Matter. We also see a new generation of black funeral directors, such as myself, looking to support our community in the undertaking of such movements. This movement, just as the civil rights movement, was sparked by the death of one of the sons of the black community, Trayvon Martin. Many have called Martin the Emmett Till of our time, drawing parallels between the two because of the closeness in age and the circumstances that lead to their violent deaths. Martin’s death like Till’s led the nation to reexamine the issues of race and race relations while igniting youth led movements. Beyond the social, political, and legal implication of both these cases are the families, communities and the fact that black funeral directors are entrusted to handle their remains. The role of black funeral directors then, just as it is now, has been to serve the black community in their time of need. Unbeknownst to the public and perhaps to history is the role they serve as more than just the funeral service provider. Because of this, he/she is a wearer of many hats – voice for the community, political leader, intricate to the economic base, and social compass


 
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