The Evolution of Racism Through the Lens of ‘Lynching’ Rhetoric and Memory

“The significance of my masters thesis is rather timely; with the murder of George Floyd and several other Black members of the community by police, the discussion of “words and actions matter” is truly relevant. I hope than anyone interested in this line of research, notes the continuing narrative and rhetoric of government and politicians over the course of our history in relation to the importance of Black lives. Personally, my own dedication to continue pursuing this line of research has never been stronger.” #BlackLivesMatter.

Tammy’s undergraduate Honor’s Thesis was one of the first inter-disciplinary theses submitted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, connecting both the English and History departments. It inspired Tammy’s quest for connecting the link between the press and its influence over Black lives.

Ernest J. Gaines is one of Tammy’s favorite writers. This essay on “The Sky is Grey,” was one of her first undergraduate papers and it was chosen as the winning essay for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Phillip’s Scholarship in English.