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The African Immigrant Folklife Study Project

New African communities have emerged in the United States since the mid-1960s, joining older African-American populations in several urban centers including the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Each of these communities comes together for social and symbolic events that help their members to define and maintain their sense of identity and tradition. Senegalese organize celebrations and traditional wrestling matches at local parks, and invite friends to share barbecued lamb on the Muslim holiday of Tabaski.

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