Writing on the Legacy of May Ayim

Writing on the Legacy of May Ayim

In her suicide note on August 9, 1996, Black German activist-intellectual May Ayim sadly wrote, “I have lived and experienced ...
Read More
Tricksters, Biographies, and Two-Faced Archives

Tricksters, Biographies, and Two-Faced Archives

In 2015, precisely 31 years to the day of her death, blues and cabaret singer Alberta Hunter was inducted into ...
Read More
Resurrecting Shirley Chisholm from Symbol to Life

Resurrecting Shirley Chisholm from Symbol to Life

Fifteen years ago, I decided to write a biography of a Black woman. My scholarly genealogy pushed me toward such ...
Read More
Behind and Beyond Biography: Writing Black Women’s Lives and Thoughts

Behind and Beyond Biography: Writing Black Women’s Lives and Thoughts

“I think of invention as a gift to the reader,” writer and professor Bridgett Davis said. The moment you put ...
Read More
Online Forum--Black Women's Biography

Online Forum–Black Women’s Biography

May 31, 2022 to June 7, 2022 Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is hosting ...
Read More
The Consequences of USCT Soldiering

The Consequences of USCT Soldiering

Solomon Wilson, a Thirty-First United States Colored Infantry (USCI) soldier, died in a regimental hospital on August 6, 1864. An ...
Read More