Lecture 1: Race, Culture, and Democracy
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This is the inaugural lecture of the series. In it Locke explores the unique situation of African descendant people throughout the Americas for advancing, not only the spread of democracy throughout the Americas, but the entire world. Afrodescendant people are also used as a paradigm case of the potential advantages and drawbacks of a racial minority influencing a larger national culture. Locke articulates a conception of cultural democracy, and argues for the necessity of counteracting racial and cultural chauvinism, parochialism and provincialism. Throughout the lecture Locke provides examples from the poetry, music, and art of Afrodescendant populations in the Americas, and the influential role that African descendent peoples played in the democratization of the American continent.