Pratt Institute School of Design

Making Space for the Black Home
Christian King
For the African American community, home is difficult to define. Systemic injustices throughout history paired with our limited understanding of our geneology illuminate our communal rootlessness and sense of displacement. Likewise, every institution built in America to commemorate African Americans reminds us of our struggle for equality and inclusion. Our default approach to rectify these injustices is to build physical places that serve limited purpose; they are either informational, memorial, or congregational. By removing the physical limitations on home-creating, collaborative spaces are forged that encourage discourse, introspection, and celebration. This allows us to enact home for ourselves in any context.
The discussion cards encourage participants to reevaluate their understanding of what home can provide and why it’s needed.

Our Food
Our Food examines how specific meals are connected to our collective culture and understanding of home as African Americans. By surveying my loved ones, I compiled a list of meals most reminiscent of the black home and featured the most popular responses in the cookbook.
Progression juxtaposes audio reminiscent of the conversations had in the black home against visuals depicting black progression in America through a multitude of lenses. It examines our understanding of mobility, self-determination, and suffering as a means to facilitate conversation.

Welcome Home: An African American Experience
The Welcome Home: African American Experience website allows viewers to download and view all parts of the toolkit and explains how it functions.