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Award-winning #Historian, #Professor, #Editor and #Writer | President of @AAIHS | #Author of 'Set the World on Fire' (2018) and 'Until I Am Free' (2021).
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13 May
I don't think a lot of people understand how nasty people can be in the academy. Many of us aren't doing this because folks treat us so well. I can't speak for others but I know what keeps me going is the belief that I can make a positive difference in someone else's life.
I am most fulfilled by the opportunity to produce research I'm proud of. I love working with students with the hope that I'll help them find a path that excites them as much as history excites me. I try to ignore the pettiness and professional jealousy (there's a lot of that...)
I remind myself daily that academia is not a meritocracy. That helps me stay focused and not internalize or make much of the slammed doors in my face. I focus on the open doors and try to figure out how to widen them a bit more so someone else gets through.
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22 Feb
👇🏾Here's the link to the public letter several of us are sending to @netflix & the producers & directors of #WhoKilledMalcolmX. You're welcome to sign in agreement with me, @JeanneTheoharis, @drashleyfarmer, Robin DG Kelley, @TheBarbaraSmith, @MHarrisPerry, @DrIbram & many others
@netflix @JeanneTheoharis @drashleyfarmer @TheBarbaraSmith @MHarrisPerry @DrIbram We are disappointed at the complete disregard of women activists & women scholars in the series. The producers went to great lengths to include the perspectives of many men, including those w/o expertise on Malcolm X and/or Black Power. Yet not a single woman scholar was featured
@netflix @JeanneTheoharis @drashleyfarmer @TheBarbaraSmith @MHarrisPerry @DrIbram The exclusion of women scholars is not only deeply problematic but presents a very skewed (& inaccurate) portrayal of history. This is especially disturbing considering the fact that women scholars have been at the forefront of producing scholarship on Civil Rights & Black Power.
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26 Aug 19
I finally had a chance to go through 150+ packages of #books sent to me (yikes)! TYSM to the various publishers for keeping me in the loop on the new #scholarship in #BlackStudies, #History & #Gender Studies.🙏🏾Here's a thread of a few books I am very eager to read this fall.🙌🏾📚
By @ruha9: 'Captivating #Technology: #Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life' @DukePress

By @SaStrings: 'Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia' @NYUpress

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28 Dec 18
Thanks, @politico, for your all-white list of #historians offering insights on 2018! Here's a thread of some other historians in the United States who you did not know existed. I'll start with a few & others will contribute to the thread to help you out.

I'll start with @ProfCAnderson, Professor at Emory University. Check out her website:

Meet @DrIbram, an amazing historian at American University:

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