Rooted on the Line: Documenting the Soul Line Dance Community in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware

Karen Queen Nur Abdul-Malik (AFS)

This short paper will explore the social processes undertaken in the Community on the Line: Documenting the Culture of Soul Line Dancing in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware project funded by the Library of Congress Of the People: Widening the Path Community Collections Initiative. The presentation will include a view of the collaborative roles of the folklorist, community project committee leaders, and practitioners on the interpretive planning team as they created and implemented the project and explore the rootedness of connection in this underground community that flourishes through the cultural practice and opportunity to tell their own story.

Part of V2-02 Self-representation in Cultural Documentation and Archival Preservation: Projects in the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants Program, Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm