Gambian American

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Gambian Americans
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Total population
3,035[1]
Languages
American English, Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, Serer
Religion
Islam, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
African American, American groups of West Africa (Senegalese, etc.), English

Gambian Americans are Americans of Gambian descent. Only 3,035 Americans reported Gambian ancestry in the 2000 census. However, like happened with most of present coast countries of West Africa (and of some countries of Central Africa), many slaves of present Gambia were imported as slaves to the present United States, by which the number de African Americans with some Gambian ancestor must be more higher. Gambian immigrants are of ethnics such as the Mandinka. Gambian communities live in places such as Chicago[2] and Washington DC.[3] Most Gambians living in United States are Muslim and Christians.[2]

History[edit]

The first immigrants of present Gambia arrived to the present United States as slaves in the colonial period of this country.[citation needed] The Senegambia area, during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, was an important slave trade, both for the United States and Latin America. Therefore an important part of the slaves were, among others, of this part of Africa.[4] Slaves from present Gambia imported to the USA belonged to ethnics such as the Mandinka and Bambara people. Most of slaves from Gambia were imported to South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland (where, according some historians them were most of all slaves,[citation needed] although according others, the most of them were Igbo of Nigeria[5] ) and Georgia.[citation needed] Senegambian and Guinean slaves were imported to those states probably because those slaves could favor the rice plantations of those places already that they were familiar with rice plantations which was commonly grown in Senegambia and Guinea.[6] In the rest of the states having Gambian slaves (such as New York or Pennsylvania), they were very scarce (only hundreds of individuals from Senegambia were imported there).[citation needed] While we do know that all slaves exported to New Jersey (only 176 slaves) and all Senegambian slaves which were exported to Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania were from the Gambia. So well, like most of the slaves of Senegambia arrived in Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and South Carolina.[citation needed] So, famous is the case of the slave, supposedly native from present Gambia, Kunta Kinte, thank to a story written by Alex Haley and based, partially, on a true story."[7]

The Gambians have emigrated to the United States of voluntary form, as a minimum, since the 1970s. Many of them migrated to Chicago. Many Gambians have emigrated to the United States with the goal of entering higher education to which they have no access to your country. Also many of this students returned home after completing his studies, excelling in politics and business.

Many Gambians who have set the United States as a permanent residence, have attracted friends and other family members to country. Gambians of United States exert jobs such as accounting, education, medicine and the hotel management.[2]

Organizations[edit]

Some of the Gambian organizations more highlights in United States are: The Gambian American Association, United Gambians Association and Gambia Association of Chicago.

The Gambian American Association (GAA) was established in Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The association has held events such as anniversary of Gambia's independence.[3]

It is also remarkable the United Gambians Association (UGA). This organization, not-for-profit, non-political and non-religious, work with Gambian immigrants, their children, families, schools and communities in the U.S. UGA is engaged in activities such as strengthening of ties in the Gambian community in exile, helping Gambian immigrants and facilitate their integration into American society and the voluntary contribution, both in The Gambia and the U.S., areas such as HIV AIDS, natural disasters, immigration and malaria. The association also offers free tutoring services to Gambian immigrants and their families in logistics support, funding and emotional support in an emergency situation, like the death of a family member or immigration issues.[8]

The Gambia Association of Chicago was founded in 1998 to promote mutual aid and strengthen the bonds of the Gambian community in that city. The organization develops monthly meetings and raises funds to support the Gambians in Chicago and his return to his homeland. In addition, this organization also organizes Midwest Gambian Associations Conference the Labor Day weekend, uniting Gambian communities from several states in the country (Gambian communities in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kansas) to coordinate fundraising activities and cultural, build a regional network and discuss topics of interest. Thus the Midwest Gambian Associations Conference invites prominent members of the community to talk about of the social, political and economic most important issues of Gambia. These activities are combined with lunches, dances, and a soccer tournament. In addition, the community also helps members financially when they are born, die or become ill.

Furthermore, in the 1970s, Gambian students played an important role in the formation of the African Student Union of the University of Illinois at Chicago, city where they establish ties with other African groups, such as the Senegalese. Furthermore, Gambians lead the Move, an African organization Chicago nonprofit founded in 1983 to try to solve the educational and political problems of Africans. Thus, we have organized forums, holidays (such as Liberation Day in Africa), and literature from current problems.[2]

Notable Gambian-Americans[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d Encyclopedia of Chicago: Gambians. Posted by Tracy Steffes.
  3. ^ a b The Gambian American Association (GAA).
  4. ^ De Senegal a Talcahuano: los esclavos de un alzamiento en la costa pacífica (1804). - (in Spanish: From Senegal to Talcahuano: an uprising of slaves on the Pacific coast (1804)).
  5. ^ Chambers, Douglas B. (March 1, 2005). Murder at Montpelier: Igbo Africans in Virginia. University Press of Mississippi. p. 23. ISBN 1-57806-706-5. 
  6. ^ Uncovering African Roots. DNA Tests, New Technology Reveal African Heritage. Retrieved September 8, 2012, to 16:45 om.
  7. ^ Alex Haley, "Black history, oral history, and genealogy", pp. 9-19, at p. 18.
  8. ^ United Gambians Association (UGA).