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  • Writer's picture Sarika Tatineni Doppalapudi

The ABCs of school closings

In the Fall of 2021, I took a class called "Collective Memory of Atrocity and Injustice", taught by Professor Hannah German. For my final project, I was interested in looking at the 2013 school closings in Chicago, which have come to guide much of my research. As I considered these school closures, I was interested in creating a textile abecedarium where each letter was associated with a word connected to the school closures. I was inspired by Dr. Melissa Blount's "ABCs of Black Girl Magic". Linked below is the accompanying essay, which explains some of the reasonings behind the words that I chose, and articulates the ways in which institutions such as schools are mourned, and subversive forms of memorialization. You can see photos of the abecedarium below.

abcs of school closings
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