ERIC Number: ED193380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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FESTAC '77: Implications for Culture in Counseling.
Toldson, Ivory L.; Pasteur, Alfred B.
In this paper, observations made by the authors while attending the Second World Festival of Black and African Art and Culture (FESTAC '77) are discussed in terms of their implications for black mental health. The presence and effects of the "Black Aesthetic" are described as they were manifested by the Festival participants. Particularly emphasized is the affective aspect of the Aesthetic, which is defined as having five dimensions: depth of feeling, naturalistic attitudes, style, communicative proclivities, and physical responsiveness to affective stimuli. It is held that the principal role that guidance and counseling must play is to project positive black African cultural images on the psychic screen of black people's minds, so as to effect healthy self concept and identity. Suggestions are offered for presenting positive African cultural images in educational settings in order to contribute to the intellectual and affective developments of black Americans. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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