Mariam I. Williams



Public Historian.


I’ve spent the past decade writing about my identity as a Black, Christian woman and feminist, about my body, and about my place within the history of Black women in the U.S., our collective trauma and struggle, our collective beauty and power.

Now I write and create workshops to help other Black women love their bodies, find spiritual freedom, and feel whole so they can re-affirm their resilience for the future.

What you really need to know about me is:

I believe liberation starts with knowledge.

I believe anti-blackness and misogyny are real and that self-love in a world that shows it hates Black women is one of the most subversive acts we can commit to.

I believe self-knowledge lays the foundation for self-love.

Featured Posts

My favorites from Redbone Afropuff & Black G.R.I.T.S., plus new work

The Complexities of Black Christianity

I recently attended Ira Dworkin’s talk about his book, “Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State.” In the Q&A, I asked: How did Sheppard and Brown see their identity in relation to Africa and their responsibility to the continent...

12 (or so) Questions I have After Talking to a Black Man About #SurvivingRKelly

I have several questions for a man I know, and men like him, who have watched video of R. Kelly raping black girls and still want successful black men to escape prosecution.

Dance Feminism

How a dance that came about because of kidnapping and rape teaches sexual freedom

Radical Self-Love: Writing Intimate Spaces in the Age of Tyranny

After the 2016 presidential election, I wondered if writing about God and sex was still important. I realized my work is about self-love, and self-love in a world that hates you is one of the most subversive things you can commit to.

The Night My Body Said No

Betsy DeVos’s Title IX rollback reminded me of the time I couldn’t verbalize consent–and my partner knew to stop.

Daring to Conceive of Women’s Agency as Biblical Truth

Seeing women’s agency as biblical truth requires rethinking the messages we’ve received about women in the Bible.

What’s a public historian?

Public history is history that is seen, heard, read, and interpreted by audiences outside the academy. It’s also history that belongs to the public. Public historians have an interest and commitment to making history relevant and useful in the public sphere. We’re the archivists, consultants, museum professionals, cultural program directors, curators, oral historians, documentarians, and numerous other people who put history to work in the world. I do public history through programming, scripts for productions like the one on the right, and through projects like these.

All that to say, my work is to affirm Black Womanhood.

Yes, yours too.

Mariam I. Williams

Writer. Dancer. Educator. Public Historian.

My work is to affirm Black Womanhood. Yes, yours, too.

© 2019 by Mariam  I. Williams