Major writing and public history endeavors, completed and in-progress
My role: Project Director
Inspired by acts of resistance in our current world, Chronicling Resistance/Enabling Resistance aspires to assure current stories of underrepresented voices are preserved and to invite Greater Philadelphia residents to see themselves in 300 years of local resistance narratives. The project is an initiative by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries.
My role: writer
Winner of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Best Historical/Cultural Program/Special! Octavius Valentine Catto was a Philadelphia civil rights martyr who was assassinated during the city’s 1871 mayoral election. This short documentary gives middle and high school audiences a glimpse of his life and his legacy in the twenty-first century. Produced by History Making Productions, 2017.
Monument Lab was a public art and history project (2015-2017) that asked the public, “What is an appropriate monument to the current city of Philadelphia?” As a lab manager, I engaged children and adults in dialogue about civic engagement, public memory, art, monuments, and the places, people, and events in their communities that they think are important to recognize and memorialize. I often also ran an impromptu daycare center in Malcolm X Park.
In 1968, an uprising occurred in Parkland, a historically African American neighborhood in Louisville, Ky. Some people call what happened a riot, others a rebellion. Whatever term we use, the cause was clear and still relevant today. Completed as part of a Digital History class at the University of Louisville and its Public History Program’s ongoing research into Parkland, this podcast episode explores those causes. Click here to listen.
The year 1954 brought us the decision Brown v. Board of Education. The looming threat of integrated classrooms made some white supremacists in Louisville, Ky., even less enthusiastic about their new neighbors, Andrew and Charlotte Wade, an African American couple. One night, a group of white men from the neighborhood set dynamite under the Wades’ home. Who was arrested and tried for the bombing? Anne and Carl Braden and several other white allies also accused of being Communists. Black Freedom, White Allies, and Red Scare is the story of Louisville, 1954.
A personal project I haven’t yet been able to return to, Black Father Daughter Talk is my idea for a podcast, based on the rich conversations I have regularly with my father. The episodes I’ve posted on Sound Cloud and in iTunes are about my father’s concept of fatherhood. Click here to listen.
Mariam I. Williams
Writer. Dancer. Educator. Public Historian.
Creating narratives that affirm Black Womanhood, helping other Black women reset themselves on the path to F.R.E.E.D.O.M.
© 2019 by Mariam I. Williams