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Mari Evans: An Oral History

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:59
Over two days in March 2013, the Project on the History of Black Writing conducted what would become the last formal interview Mari Evans gave. Alysha Griffin (former HBW Special Projects Coordinator) and Shayn Guillemette (former Graduate Assistant) visited Mari Evans at her residence in Indianapolis, IN. This interview was later transcribed by the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. This unpublished interview served as […]

ICYMI: Late Women Trustees of the Writers Club to Be Honored

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:00
[East St. Louis, IL]– Dr. Lena Jane Weathers (1930-2017), who was a lifelong resident of East St. Louis and an invaluable leader and patron of this community, will be honored along with four other late trustees of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club on Tuesday, March 21. The free event will take place at 6:00 pm in Room 2083 of Building “B” on the ESL/SIUE […]

CALL FOR SOURCES: Mississippi Renaissance Syllabus

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:00
  The Project on the History of Black Writing presents the Mississippi Renaissance Syllabus, an electronic teaching and learning resource on Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Jesmyn Ward and Mississippi literary culture in general.   Our 2017 Black Literary Suite focus on the Mississippi Renaissance placed it in conversation with other literary periods, such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Chicago Renaissance, and the Southern Renascence. We […]

Remembering Derek Walcott

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:21
[Shelia Bonner] Derek Walcott 23 January 1930-17 March 2017 Derek Walcott’s poetry explores the African diaspora and the many ways chattel slavery impacted his identity as a young man growing up on the British, colonized, island-nation of Castries, Saint Lucia. His “A Far Cry from Africa” is one of several poems that addresses the complexities of identity. As Dr. Dance so eloquently writes, Walcott’s poetry […]

HBW Supports: Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:27
March 17-18, 2017, University of Virginia The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather an interdisciplinary network of scholars to frame the emerging field of black girl history.  The project grows out of the History of Black Girlhood Network, an informal collaboration among scholars researching the experiences of black girls from the sixteenth century to present in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. For more […]


Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:41
[Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] REMEMBERING DARK AND SPLENDID  (Mari Evans, July 16, 1923-March 10, 2017)   After a zillion sounds, stone-washed clean;   after broadly casting such truths to people;   after taming music into measure of mind;   after making bronze lyrics of ancient black,   you came to return space to origin.   You left a stern, eternal  crystal watch.   You left warning […]

Remembering Mari Evans

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 13:45
The HBW Family is deeply saddened by the passing of poet Mari Evans (July 16, 1923 – March 10, 2017). We had the honor of interviewing her about her works and legacy in 2015. Here’s our tribute:

HBW Reading List: International Women’s Day

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:12
Here’s our quick reading list for International Women’s Day: We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou Letter To My Daughter, Maya Angelou Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Gloria Anzaldúa’s House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros The Crunk Feminist Collection, Brittney Cooper, Susana M. Morris and Robin M. Boylorn Krik? Krak!, Edwidge Danticat Women, Race and Class, Angela […]

Quick History: International Women’s Day

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 13:04
Need a quick history on International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange Campaign A Brief But Fascinating History of International Women’s Day College Students Explain Why They’re Participating in ‘A Day Without a Woman’ International Women’s Day: Calls to Action, Words of Praise and Rallies Who are the Women in Today’s Google Doodle?

International Women’s Day

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 08:46
Here at HBW we are using Women’s History Month to look at the contributions of women of color here in Kansas and throughout the country. We will be highlighting those who have made contributions to our collective cultural knowledge, as well as those who have become “hidden figures” themselves. On International Women’s Day we support #ADayWithoutAWoman and hope you will too. Here in Lawrence we […]

Lincoln’s Birthday

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 15:06
[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, celebrated his 208th birthday on February 12, 2017.  He did not fail to inform everyone that he was of the party of Donald John Trump.  In the first half of  the 20th century, a number of Negroes and their non-Negro allies esteemed Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.  They possessed fewer facts about Lincoln’s dream that the […]

HBW’s Own: Will Cunningham IV Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 17:30
Come check out Ph.D Candidate and HBW staffer Will Cunningham IV at the Hall Center for the Humanities. “Negotiating (with) the Center in the Novels of Colson Whitehead and Yaa Gyasi” Tuesday, February 7, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Hall Center Seminar Room RSVP at

Project HBW Presents: A Digital Humanities Summit, Intro to XML

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 13:23
Amy Earhart, associate professor of English and Digital Humanities at Texas A&M will outline how to create XML headers, the first step in harnessing XML for the Digital Humanities. Tuesday, February 7th 2:30-6pm 4074 Wescoe Hall RSVP to

Happy Birthday, Langston!

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:52
James Mercer Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, MO. The famed poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist spent part of his childhood right here in Lawrence, KS. A new short film produced by KU Professor Madison Davis Lacy looks at Langston’s time here in Lawrence and how it helped to shape the trajectory of his renowned career. You can read more about Langston’s Lawrence […]


Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:21
Dear HBW Family, WE MISSED YOU! As you might have noticed, we took an impromptu hiatus this winter. We took a step back to evaluate our goals, our ideas, and direction in this digital space. We are a fully-operational, student-led office at the University of Kansas that experienced great growth in 2016, but we still felt we weren’t doing quite enough to connect with you all. So, what’s new for 2017? […]
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