Sites of Memory : Black Women's Geographies, #SayHerName, and Black Hair Politics Public Deposited

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  • According to Katherine McKittrick, black women’s geographies reveal and confront geographies of domination that have been erased or considered unworthy of analysis. This thesis positions #SayHerName protests and natural kink/coiled hair within a black women’s geographic analysis suggesting that both body and hair politics provide historical and contemporary geographic clues of racial and sexual domination of black women’s bodies. I explore what histories and memories of violence and oppression against black women and black hair must we return to and confront when black women participate in #SayHerName protests. My methodological approach is rooted in black feminist critical geography and uses Toni Morrison’s concept of sites of memory to provide context of the ways in which #SayHerName protests and the wearing of coiled/nappy hair and protective hairstyles in places of protests provide spatial clues of how black women critique, interrogate, and disrupt traditional geographic projects that are structured to conceal and dominate black women. In this thesis, I argue #SayHerName protests and coiled/nappy hairstyles are sites of memory that (1) expose geographies of domination and (2) reimagine a world where all black lives matter.
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