In 2012, HBW launched its Gems initiative to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of “forgotten” or “less-than-well-known” African American writers who were still living at the time. Gems video presentations, which are based in rigorous research, bring understudied writers’ lives and works to the foreground and remind us that recovery efforts are always ongoing.

Naomi Long Madgett: Poet, Editor, and Educator (2019)

A Tribute to John A. Williams (2014)

A Tribute to Mari Evans (2012)

The Life and Work of Eugene Redmond (2012)