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This project deals with the articulation of African-American students’ identity in relation their communities and the Bard College context. I make the argument that African-American students construct their identities according to what they perceive as culturally significant. This project aims to explore different spectrums of possibilities through which African-American identity is expressed according to the prevalent stakes in the context, as well as the ways in which cultural patterns and styles are created. Throughout this study, I investigate conceptions of “Africaness” and “Blackness” within Diasporic identity through examining specifically the Bard community. I also discuss a range of symbolic representations of identity emerging from the connections between Africa and its Diasporas.
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Balo Lou, Marie Louise, ""My Identity was a Journey": Blackness, History and Cultural Heritage in the Construction of African-American Identity at Bard College" (2013). Senior Projects Spring 2013. 401.