We Do Language by Jessica Morris
The Pulitzer Prize has been awarded annually since 1918 to “distinguished works of fiction by an American author,” and in nearly one hundred years of awards, nine of the recipients have been writers of color. This project physically represents quotes from three of these writers.
Left: “‘Me siento contento cuando sufro,’ he sang one day, ‘I feel happy when I’m suffering.”-Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, 1990 Winner
This project was placed in McKeldin Library because in an academic setting, students are often taught to leave their language at the door and speak and write in Standard Written English. Scholar Vershawn Ashanti Young challenges this, and explains: “What we need to do is enlarge our perspective about what good writin is and how good writin can look at work, at home, and at school.”
By physically placing this award-winning, non-standard language in the institution, We Do Language shows the importance of celebrating language.