In 1986, the Cleveland branch of the N.A.A.C.P. accepted the awesome and unifying Grandmarch as the traditional national unity dance of African Americans. The aesthetic, proud and sophisticated Grandmarch should be performed at all African American weddings, family reunions and social events.
The Grandmarch should also be listed in Arts and Physical Education Curricula and taught in the schools and universities.
The Grandmarch is described in the best selling book “The Grandmarch Spirit of African Americans” by author Frank R. Ross, which was published in 2004. Additionally, The Grandmarch is described in the best seller, “Soul Dancing, The Essential African American Cultural Dance Book” - author Frank R. Ross - published in 2011 by the National Dance Association.
The traditional attire for the National African American Unity Dance consists of a black suit, white shirt, black bowtie and a length of kente cloth over the left shoulder of the man. The women are encouraged to wear white dresses or ball gowns with a length of piece of kente pinned to the upper right front of the dress. Historically, this style of dress has been traditional at social affairs in the black community.
The high school and university language arts curriculum should include these acclaimed books on their required reading lists:
“Up from Slavery” by Booker T. Washington.
“Soul Dancing, The Essential African American Cultural Dance Book” by Frank R. Ross
“Black Boy” by Richard Wright.
"If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated" Dr.Carter G.Woodson, Father of Black History Month.
Concept founder of the National African American Unity dance and attire.