History of Black Writing
Building lasting change in the American literature canon and supporting the legacy of African-American writers, the History of Black Writing (HBW) nurtures research opportunities for students, writers, and scholars.
HBW is a research center focused on elevating innovative scholarship in American literature, book history, and digital humanities.Explore the project
Founded at Oxford, Mississippi
Launched at the University of Kansas
Established the Black Book Interactive Project (BBIP)
HBW's research and collection building creates a corpus of fiction and non-fiction to drive program initiatives like the Black Literary Suite and Gems, as well as research institutes like Hurston on the Horizon in 2021.
HBW is a portal into centuries of Black literature and an introduction to scholarship about the tradition. It is also a platform for exploration, collaboration and publishing, including the use and application of digital tools.