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A Different World: 5x11

Mammy Dearest

Dwayne seeks a friendship with Whitley, but she doesn’t feel like hearing him out. She throws herself into organizing her dorm’s official dedication ceremony. Kim and others object when she includes images of “”mammies”” (black nursemaids in the past, particularly during times of slavery) with the art exhibit. Whitley, Freddie and Mr. Gaines insist that it is important to remember these women’s role in history. Kim wants no part of the display and announces that she will not participate in the ceremony. She tearfully confides in Mr. Gaines about a traumatic incident from her childhood. Whitley recommends that Lena learn more about her heritage by reading slave journals and other information at the Gilbert Library. Lena’s research uncovers the fact that Whitley’s family owned slaves. Whitley is shocked and overcome with guilt. Mr. Gaines advises her to let it go, as she cannot change the past. Kim, Freddie, Lena and Gina organize a performance art piece about the evolution of the African

Dec. 05, 1991