Okay, so this may not be the best logic, but this is how my research was completed this summer. It is odd, however, that I have finally found the time [and the volition] to type my final blog posts after I presented my findings at the research symposium. I guess that I had a more concrete understanding of my research once I was pushed to talk to other people about what exactly I had discovered. Nonetheless, I present you with my research saga. I know that my previous post concludes with my assertion that I would research a specific thesis…but that changed. Instead, I invite you to read the following summary of my studies.
Tupac Shakur was born in Harlem in 1971. Both of his parents were members of the Black Panther party and their ideologies and views on civil rights influenced his personal life and music career.
Billie Holiday was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Maryland. She moved to New York as a teenager and made a name for herself as a jazz singer in Harlem nightclubs and theaters. In 1939, Billie Holiday released one of her most famous songs, “Strange Fruit.” It was a song condemning the practice of lynching.
It took me a long time to figure out the best way to present my findings. I really did not want to just throw a number of statistics and linguistic observances on to a board and call it a presentation. To understand Latin’s influence on the English lexicon, I felt it was necessary to understand how Latin exerted this influence, rather than merely to what degree.