Uncomfortable Truths: From Africa to #GeorgeFloyd in "American" History
Description of the Seminar.
This class sounded very interesting to me from the start - it was a seminar about the history of black America to help place the current racial crisis the nation is facing. It included my favorite things - history and a lot of reading - and it was something I was really interested in learning more about. However, this class quickly turned into a lot more for me. First of all, I loved the professor. Dr. McGee was not only a very fun professor, but she was also super knowledgeable and supportive of all of us. We completed a service learning project in this class in which we helped Union Baptist Church with the historic preservation of their cemetery. I became very invested in this project, and spent hours digging into the history and lives of the people buried in the cemetery. My group dove deeply into the Cincinnati radiation experiments, and it became something that I thought about constantly, in and out of the class. Dr. McGee gave us a lot of freedom to research what we wanted and what we believed would be the most helpful. I learned so much in this seminar and it was a great class to take in the wake of Black Lives Matter and George Floyd.
My work from this Class.
For this class, me and my partners created a website detailing the Cincinnati Radiation Experiments and the black citizens of Cincinnati that they affected. This website is a cumulation of hours and hours of research and I felt very connected to this project by the end of the semester. My group took a special interest in this project, and decided to continue research even after the seminar. It is an ongoing project that is still in progress.