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Authors Up Close | Jumping the Broom with Tyler Parry
Wed, November 11, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Join Dr. Tyler Parry of the University of Nevada as he discusses his new book, Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual, a definitive history of a unique tradition and untangles the convoluted history of the "broomstick wedding." Parry traces the ritual’s origins to marginalized groups in the British Isles and explores how it influenced the marriage traditions of different communities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. His surprising findings shed new light on the complexities of cultural exchange between peoples of African and European descent from the 1700s up to the twenty-first century.
Drawing from the historical records of enslaved people in the United States, British Romani, Louisiana Cajuns, and many others, Parry discloses how marginalized people found dignity in the face of oppression by innovating and reimagining marriage rituals.
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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103