Salamishah Tillet


Co-founder, Black Girl Freedom Fund; Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University–Newark, and author, In Search of The Color Purple

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Salamishah Tillet is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University - Newark.  She is the Associate Director of Clement A. Price Institute and the faculty director of New Arts Justice at Express Newark as well as a contributing critic at large for The New York Times. In 2003, with her sister, Scheherazade Tillet, she founded A Long Walk Home, an art organization that empowers young people to end violence against girls and women. She is the author of In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece (Abrams, 2021), and Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012). In 2020, she was awarded the Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant for her book-in-progress, “All the Rage: Mississippi Goddam and the World Nina Simone Made.”

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