A lost history: An ethnography of the Historic Dunbar Theatre
This research explored sense of place and generational values of an African American cohort from Wichita, Kansas, that experienced the Historic Dunbar Theatre during the 22-years following its opening in 1941. Utilizing narrative inquiry and semi-structured interviews, the cohort described their individual lived experiences and memories in the community. Results show a strong sense of place among the cohort reinforced by a sense of belongingness and a generational value that emphasizes the importance of community and human relationships. Issues of social justice and further research are also presented.
Second place winner of oral presentations at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 7, 2015.