For this project we were instructed to collect eight examples of each letter from our everyday typographic experiences. These letters were to be arranged into a larger alphabet project. I wanted to do some sort of book but I was not interested in doing any “A is for Apple” thing. This was a semester long project and I wanted to take advantage of that.
A huge part of my Notre Dame experience revolves around being a black Notre Dame student. At the time I did this book, only 3% of Notre Dame’s 2,000 freshmen were black. I wanted to call attention to this. I acquired a list of black students enrolled at Notre Dame and alphabetized it by first name. I then chose one student per letter, when there was one, took their photograph, and asked them to give me a statement about their experience at the University. This book is a subtle way to call attention to the lack of diversity on the Notre Dame campus as well as suppress the myth of a collective “black experience”.
- "There are 3 African American students at Notre Dame whose first name begins with the letter G."
"As an African American student at Notre Dame I feel that I am seen as a regular student that does not get treated any differently from the other students at the University." Golden Tate