WCU holds “Talking Black in America” event – The Quad


Throughout the United States there are a plethora of dialects. On Wednesday, April 4, one dialect African American English, or AAE, was the main focus of the event “Talking Black in America.” Taking place in Sykes Student Union Theatre from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the event featured a film and panel discussion with Assistant Professor Michael Burns, Associate Professor Margaret Ervin, Professor Cherise Pollard and Assistant Professor Joshua Raclaw. It was sponsored by the linguistics minor, the African/African-American literature minor, the Ethnic Studies Institute and the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University.

The film, directed and produced by Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, follows the descendants of African American slaves and how their ancestry and country’s…

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