Mariam I. Williams
I’ve spent the past decade creating narratives that affirm Black Womanhood.
Now I help other Black women reclaim ownership of their lives and bodies so they can “transform silence into language and action” and feel empowered to make changes in themselves, their families, professions, and communities.
My favorites from Redbone Afropuff & Black G.R.I.T.S., plus new work
I’ve studied and teach: 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 freedom, too.
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.