University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This project includes a collection of five essays focusing on my personal experiences, struggles, and triumphs as a young African American woman growing up in Chattanooga. These essays offer an incisive, candid look at race relations from the perspective of a maturing youth. The essays also examine life in the Housing Projects, the Affirmative Action myth, the struggles associated with being Black in a white space, and Black body objectification and mental illness. My essays also include an examination of the impact of the 2008 election on the underprivileged Black community I lived in. Some essays in my collection take place in public schools in Chattanooga like Orchard Knob Middle School and Brainerd High School, places that are often seen as war zones with no potential for redemption. The project also includes a short critical essay focusing on the structure of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) or Black English (BE), particularly its unique elements while also challenging misconceptions about the dialect.
A special thanks to Professor Baker, Professor Rehyansky, and Professor Einstein.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Pettaway, Japorsche, "Black body, Black mind" (2018). Honors Theses.