|2009-2011||MFA, University of Virginia|
|2002-2006||BA, Dartmouth College|
The term “black power” gets thrown around loosely and easily in the public sphere. It’s as likely to be invoked by a journalist as by a politician, as likely to crop up on a t-shirt as in a Hollywood movie. But what does black power really mean in its medial, political, and pop cultural incarnation? And how did it come to mean what it does in the public consciousness? My project seeks to answer these questions – in other words, to explore the historical construction of black power in the public sphere.
Specific interrelated questions my project will address include: how was black power initially introduced to the public, then presented over time? What were the mechanisms of this process, and who were its primary drivers? Did this process reinforce or critique the logic and rhetoric of liberalism?