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’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.

My Story

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.

Featured Posts

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

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.

Why the Time for Pleasure is Now

An unexpected feeling came over me at the end of a day of Charlottesville news: horniness. I felt bad about that, but the time for pleasure is now.

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