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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum of Baltimore and Alan Dean Artist Black History Month exhibit in Mondawmin Mall

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Introduction Culture   is   a   word   most   of   us   believe   we   understand   very   well.   We've   heard   this   word   used   many   times   in   our lives,   and   we   have   used   it   many   times   in   conversations   about   ourselves,   our   way   of   life,   or   when   we   are   talking about   other   people's   way   of   life.   We   also   use   the   word   culture   whenever   we   are   talking   about   people   from other   countries   and   other   religions.   However,   I   believe   that   most   people   today   misuse   and   misunderstand   this word,   culture.   Culture   is   the   root   word   of   cultivate   and   when   I   say   this   the   meaning   of   culture   should   become   a little    clearer.    Because    most    of    us    understand    the    word    cultivate    to    have    something    to    do    with    growing something.   The   true   definition   of   culture   is   growth   and   development.   That   which   helps   us   to   grow   and   develop as a person, family, or society is our culture based on this meaning. If   this   is   true,   then   anything   or   any   way   of   life   that   does   not   serve   to   bring   about   growth   and   development   can't be   considered   as   culture.   What   we   mistake   for   culture   in   our   conversations   today,   should   be   classified   as people's   traditions,   customs,   rituals,   and   even   superstitions   that   different   societies   have   adopted   over   many generations   for   various   reasons.   Just   because   a   community   of   people   is   practicing   something   in   their   daily   lives does   not   mean   that   this   is   something   that   is   serving   their   growth   and   development   as   a   people.   To   begin   to understand the problems we are facing in our individual lives and our societies today, we must start studying the difference   between   culture,   traditions,   customs,   rituals,   and   superstitions   versus   religion.   We   must   learn   the difference between that which is helping us from that which is hurting us, and why. Read more
Book by Alan Dean Shariff