Joyce E. King conducted this case study in collaboration with two doctoral students. In the following excerpt, she sets their research apprenticeship in an historical context:

I mention scholarship on “demonic grounds” at the end of this chapter. This term refers to historical spaces where people of African ancestry have been dehumanized-where our humanity has been erased. When I think of how the Dixie Hills [Atlanta, Georgia] neighborhood looks [where this case study took place]—certainly not the people who live there and their struggles for respect and to raise their children with dignity-but the blight, the abandoned homes and buildings that are literally falling down all around the school, then I think of “demonic grounds” where our heritage is not visible, especially to us.