In "Everyday Use," Alice Walker uses different iterations of Dee's name as a way to present and discuss the historical context of the story. The story itself, which was published in 1973, likely takes place around the same time given the contextual details present in the story like the iterations of Dee's name. Following the Civil Rights Movement, the "Back to Africa" movement continued to be part of African American national discourse, and those who did not entertain a literal repatriation to the African continent did embrace a return to traditional African cultural practices. In "Everyday Use," Dee has obviously been influenced by her education, and she now embraces what she believes is a return to more authentic cultural practices. She cites the name "Dee" as one that has been handed down by slave masters, so she divorces herself from that name to take on one, Wangero, which (the reader assumes) is rooted in African culture. Walker asks the reader to consider these perspectives on history to make a value judgement on how best to honor cultural (and family) heritage.