Mr. Profitt, Thurgood Marshall’s ambassador to York, was required to write an essay at the end of his internship in the Assembly. The result was that it was chosen and published as a prominent example for the configuration of internal futures.
Apparently, Assistant Professor Jillian Abbott, one of her leading English mentors, saw this same potential in Profitt, which led her to invite him and his classmate, Autumn Matthews, to join. to her at the Mix 2021 Amplified Publishing Conference at the University of Bath, England, to present the poem they had created together.
In the end, Ms. Matthews was unable to attend the conference due to an urgent time conflict, but Profitt held a court in mutual name at the conference which stated, “From whom the story is told: how teachers, editors and other goalkeepers to make sure More voices are heard. “
Under the tutelage of Professor Jillian Abbott, in Writing for Electronic Media (ENG-384), I recently had the opportunity to present a video that [classmate] Autumn Matthews and I created, “Profitt says.” Autumn and I wanted to write at the time, especially after the tragic death of Daunte Wright, “Proffit explained.” We thought it was mandatory to put the pen on paper and express our collective sadness. We wrote a poem of spoken words and transformed it into a digital space. “
Profitt represented his partner and college as a professional, according to his proud mentor.
“They were very impressed with Shaquille,” Abbott says. “They talked about him after his presentation.”
Profitt says his poem addresses “pertinent issues such as racism, the matter of black lives, and injustices about black bodies through two distinctive perspectives: male and female.”
“Our poem is a call to action and provides hope to the discouraged,” Profitt says. “We hope that, despite people’s political affiliations, hearts will be heard and that, working together to deepen understanding of race and injustice, change will be on the horizon.”
The future lawyer added that his video was awarded at the conference, specifically at the publishing and pedagogy conference, where the group explored how innovative and inclusive publishing can support the learning and dissemination of research by part of the students.
“I wanted to be part of a conversation that didn’t depend on whether we should tell this story,” Profitt says. “I also wanted to adopt a radically new approach to digital poetry as an extension of the innovative poetic traditions of twentieth-century text.
Profitt says the approach provided poetic license, “and I was able to use my words, images, and sounds as virtual reality, so the audience can see, hear, and empathize instead of the traditional medium of spoken poetry.”
He added that the African American experience in America “is mired in racism both socially and legally, and although we have designed a different culture for ourselves, we still struggle for acceptance and wanted to give perspective to the black experience of poem “because our lives become the stories we tell.”
His experience was satisfying for Profitt.
“I want to emphasize that this presentation and the sea of people who participated in the Zoom call made me feel like my story mattered and I’m lucky to have been well supported,” Profitt reflected. “I am very grateful for all the support I have received from Professor Abbott, who has brought me to the field of digital electronic media and digital pedagogy.”
He says he “feels lucky to have learned from her because I have learned skills such as the power of brevity, a skill dominated by a few, and the use of descriptive language to describe feelings. I hope to use the knowledge and relationships I have acquired to continue writing about race, ethnicity, class, and disability in society in a way that helps people achieve some kind of justice and live more thoughtfully. ”.
The powerful poem presented at the conference is accessible here in this video. Congratulations to Mr. Profitt and Mrs. Matthews for their extraordinary poem and narration.