African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

#CiteBlackWomen - How one AADS Associate Professor is using social media to energize academia

Wed, April 18, 2018
#CiteBlackWomen - How one AADS Associate Professor is using social media to energize academia
Photo Courtesy of Cite Black Women Twitter account

After listening to a speaker paraphrase research from her book Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil without citation, Dr. Christen Smith, anthropologist and AADS faculty member, created the Cite Black Women Project in an effort to call attention to the reality that black women have been writing, researching, theorizing, and thought-leading for years without due credit. “As Black women, we are often being silenced, particularly in public spaces. We are often told that we are too loud, too present, too too too... But ironically, alongside being told that we are too visible, we are ignored and silenced. Sometimes it feels like we are screaming in the wind,” says Dr. Smith.

 

The project’s five resolutions are:

 

  1. Read black women’s work.
  2. Integrate black women into the core of your syllabus.
  3. Acknowledge black women’s intellectual production.
  4. Make space for black women to speak.
  5. Give black women “the space and time to breathe.”

 

Although in its early stages of development, Cite Black Women has gained impressive momentum, selling out of shirts at conferences throughout the US and attracting thousands of followers on social media in a short amount of time. (Funds raised through T-shirt sales support the Winnie Mandela School in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a project of the React or Die [Reaja ou Será Mortx!] Campaign.) To learn more about the project, follow @citeblackwomen on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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