This year our media group focused on African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). The goal was to showcase the beauty of our language and also inform those who may not understand its significance.
We looked at history to provide the blueprint for our project and questioned if people from other races and cultures understood AAVE. Using digital media we are giving people a glimpse at what AAVE is, what it’s not, and the importance of it in Black history and culture.
"THEY CAN IMITATE,
BUT THEY CAN'T RECREATE"
FOR US, BY US
For the culmination of this project, our scholars had a live discussion on AAVE with Dr. April Baker-Bell, Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education in the Department of English and Department of African American and African Studies. Here is the media cohort's full virtual summit presentation, featuring this conversation:
Here is a small collection of Black colloquialisms, culture, and conversation found all across the internet.