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I research Black women's autobiography as intellectual history. Specifically, I examine Africana memoirs to study how authors write about mental, physical, and spiritual health. My work locates Black women's inner peace practices and frames healing history. This research agenda reflects themes that Black feminists/womanists call creative survival: health, education, theology, and music. Black women memoirists such as Sadie & Bessie Delany (age 109/104), Anna Julia Cooper, (105), Dovey Roundtree (103+), and Marian Anderson (96) model balance, optimism, self-love, and self-care. Their narratives are legacies of Black women's wellness.
Connecting Black studies, women's studies, history, humanities, and human rights, my work is interdisciplinary and intersectional. Black women's inner peace stems from traditions like Anna Julia Cooper's progressive peace and Sonia Sanchez's peace haiku--traditions of sustainable struggle. A luta continua.
2017 Honoree, CAU Delores Aldridge-Eldridge McMillan Award for Excellence in Research