Reflection Of Underrepresented Identity In The Black-African American Studies

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I didn’t know that I was Black until the fifth grade. I mean, I always knew that I was Black as in the Black slash African American box I poorly shaded in every year on the CST. But, I was never truly cognizant in the ways in which the melanin in my skin differentiated me from others. During a passing period between classes, I came to a realization of my race. Like hundreds of times before, I entered the dimly lit restroom connected to the cafeteria of my elementary school; but, instead of exiting the restroom, after washing my hands, I caught a glance of my reflection. And, in a small, scratched up mirror, I, for the first time, saw myself — or, at least, I finally saw my melanin in contrast to the pale skin of my peers. Despite growing up …show more content…
I have to write the books I want to read, create the content I want to learn, and be the professor I want to meet. As a result, I hope to bridge my underrepresented identities -- being a low income, inner city Black Muslim woman -- to my senior thesis research in African American Studies. I aim to conduct qualitative research, analyzing marginalized identities through gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial thought, and African diasporic history and culture. My potential research topics include: how queer politics inform Black social movements, analyzing the history of black feminist thought across the African diaspora, and looking into the evolution of the relationship between Black feminist and Islamic …show more content…
During this time, I also hope to serve as a mentor to other low income, youth of color in this time by collaborating with organizations like Upward Bound and The Educational Opportunity Program that helped me apply to and get accepted to college. Ultimately, I want to become a tenured professor at a small, liberal arts college. The concept of being a lifetime learner, continually engaging with scholarship excites me. In addition, I am certain that my background and perspective will be a valuable addition to the academy.
Most influential to my decision of pursuing a graduate degree is the work I have done as a Peer Tutor in the Writing Program of the Student Learning Center. Rather than only read and debate why the banking method that Paulo Freire advocates against in “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” I am also pushed to avoid that practice in my work -- I am able to connect practice and theory. In addition, I have been able to assist students to reclaim their voices via affirming their abilities while

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