Mariam I. Williams
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’m helping other Black women who are spiritually frustrated and feeling stuck pursue joy, pleasure, and healing so they can feel whole again in body and spirit, speak up for their needs and desires, and lead an emotionally and spiritually healthier life.
I’ve studied and/or taught: creative writing (essay, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, drama); West African dance, Argentinian Tango, and ballet; Pan African, Women & Gender, and Religious Studies; public history; group fitness.
I left a promising academic path to pursue my creative passions.
I found out what I had studied as a would-be scholar was just as vital as my creative side to conquering fear and shame about my body, affirming my Black Womanhood, telling my story, and helping other Black women find their FREEDOM and WHOLENESS, too.
My favorites from Redbone Afropuff & Black G.R.I.T.S., plus new work
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.