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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Keith Byron Kirk, Ph. D.

Third Advisor

James Henry Harris, Ph. D


Harriet Beecher Stowe penned Uncle Tom’s Cabin which was published in 1852. This book exposed and condemned the atrocities of slavery. Her book became a bestseller and is said to be one of the primary reasons why slavery was eventually abolished. Though slavery has been dismantled the system of oppression which allowed the marginalization of others to thrive has never been eliminated. This system established a dominant culture; one which oppresses those of African descent and has endured for centuries. Tommi’s Place retells Uncle Tom’s Cabin in contemporary corporate America. Tommi’s Place reflects that this system of oppression is still alive and well today. It exists in the form of discriminatory practices that thwart, prevent, preclude, and stop the advancement of the marginalized especially those of African descent.


© Vanessa L. Wright Jackson

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