African-Americans jump over a broom if they get married, at least that is my Afro-European perception. But is jumping the broom a black appropriation of a white custom? Blogger Azizi Powell of the blog Pancocojams explains the tradition.
Since its inclusion in the bestselling novel and mega hit 1977 American television miniseries Roots, “jumping the broom” has become a part of many African American wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. When jumping the broom is part of an African American wedding ceremony, it usually occurs at the minister's direction immediately after the groom kisses his bride. When it is part of the wedding reception, jumping the broom usually occurs before the newlyweds take their first dance.
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Azizi replied, "I should clarify that the tradition of jumping the broom was known to African Americans before the television mega hit Roots. Also, I didn't mean to imply that all African Americans incorporate "jumping the broom" in their wedding reception or their actual wedding ceremony.* That would be incorrect. But more African Americans have incorporated this custom since 1977 than ever before, and many African Americans think that "jumping the broom" is an African tradition."
An perhaps that is why French soul singer Ben L'Oncle Soul, in his song "Elle me dit", jumps over the broom.