I was unable to make the oral training day but have been very interested in the use of oral transmission of important events in African culture slavery being an obvious example. This came to mind after an inquirey of Lambeth council returned a reply saying they had no record that the Church Sam started in Sommerleyton road ever existed, I would understand this is because planning or building permission was never granted for the land Sam had been able to lease.
Why I wondered did Sam need to start his own independentchurch anyway? From what I have been told it seems the West Indian immigrants met a suprising level of resisstance from the established church community, here is where oral history fits into the picture, vivid memorys of slavery became part of African oral history with which Africans resissted the colonial changes to there traditional way of life.
With the West Indian immigrants in the UK the oral history would have also preserved the ancient African traditions that had no resting place in the Western UK christian community so to preserve there sense of identity some Immigrants needed to establish there own church as Sam did.
With the West Indian immigrants in the UK the oral history would have also preserved the ancient African traditions that had no resting place in the Western U
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