Bound Volume Number

Volume VIII

Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2016

Capstone Advisor

Kheli Willetts

Capstone Major

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component



slavery and racism has had on the ability to make an accurate family tree

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


This research looks at the effects slavery and racism has had on the ability to make an accurate family tree. This research is spurred by both the desire to document my family and by the unfortunate events of the Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre on June 17th, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Using archival research, interviews, and family documents to build an accurate family tree, this research looks at the ways in which systematic oppression has played a generational role in my family. By looking at my own family for this research, I look at the stigmas, behavioral, regional, and generational differences that affect my family and relate to a larger Black community. The photographs taken as part of this project are from the series In These Clasped Hands.

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