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 also create workshops and courses 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 Pursuit of Wholeness

In 2015, I had a farewell dinner with a friend a few nights before I left Louisville. As we sat inside a dark restaurant filled with families but better suited for couples, awaiting our order of Indo-Chinese fusion dishes we had never heard of, my friend asked,...

My Price for Black Feminism

For more than a year now, I’ve been trying to figure out how much of a capitalist I am. Am I doing what I must to navigate the capitalist system I live in, or have I become convinced this system that so brutalized my ancestors and that continues to make people and...

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...

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 reaffirming our resilence.

Mariam I. Williams

Writer. Dancer. Educator. Public Historian.

My work is to reaffirm our resilience.

© 2019 by Mariam  I. Williams