School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
family, reunion, lineage, African American, spirituality, education, heritage
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Reece, Cynthia Dee, "Separated By Geographical Location And Lineage: A Case Study Design Using Qualitative Methodology In Research On Hope, Love, And Resilience During A Family Reunion" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4870.
Family reunions are extensive functions in the African American community. The family members look forward to seeing one another, year after year, to share on various topics such as births, marriages, weddings, educational accomplishments, employment advancements, as well as deaths that have occurred. Often, some family members cannot attend reunions due to the distance or financial and economic hardships. Geographical location is a major hurdle to overcome when there is a lack of finances. Additionally, a mindset of not being accepted or assured of love in the family due to the perceived lineage of a family member or absence from the annual family reunion may prevent attendance. An individual's perception of the family or members greatly impacts their views and outlook.