Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Jill Frank

Second Advisor

Jeremy Bolen

Third Advisor

Kate Cunningham

Fourth Advisor

Jamaal Barber

Fifth Advisor

Scarlett Peterson


Black students confront racism every time we step into the classroom or set foot on a college campus as whiteness influences Amerika’s educational systems. Whether this racism takes the form of a micro-aggression or blatant white supremacist statements, we are often at our most vulnerable in the setting that holds the most promise for our liberation. By combining ideologies from influential Black leaders such as Booker T. Washington, James Baldwin, and bell hooks, this thesis examines the ways that race, and school intersect. These ideas manifest in photographic works that visually emulate the American yearbook. I challenge the cultural narrative of schools as a safe, nurturing space as I ask viewers is lifting the veil enough?


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