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Naa Baako Ako-Adjei is a writer based outside of Washington, DC. Her main interest lies in how politics, history, and culture influence literature and food. She is originally from Ghana. Email:

Mark Auslander is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Central Washington University, where he directs the university’s Museum of Culture and Environment. He writes on ritual, political cosmology, slavery, reenactment, art, and aesthetics in Africa and the Diaspora. He is the author of The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family (2011, University of Georgia Press), winner of the 2010–12 Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of North America, and the second book prize of the 2012 Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing Award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. He is currently at work on a book about objects, art, and the remaking of kinship in Afro-Atlantic worlds.

Erica L. Ball is currently Professor of American Studies at Occidental College. Her first book, To Live an Antislavery Life: Personal Politics and the Antebellum Black Middle Class (2012, University of Georgia Press), interrogates the links between early nineteenth-century African American advice literature, antislavery activism, and northern free black processes of middle-class self-fashioning. She is also co-editor of Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory, which will be published by University of Georgia Press in spring 2017. Ball is now working on a cultural history of “Slavery in the Modern American Imagination” and a study of beauty and black women’s self-fashioning at the turn of the twentieth century. She lives in Los Angeles.

Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor at Harvard University, where he teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century. He is also visiting Professor of Management at Harvard Business School. Beckert is the author of many books, including Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014, Knopf), and, with Seth Rockman, Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (2016, University of Pennsylvania Press). Together with Evelyn Higginbotham he co-chairs the Harvard and Slavery Project.

June Beshea (House daLorde) is an Atlanta-born poet/writer/beat-maker/day-time scientist currently residing in Baltimore. Their work weaves the South into modern-queer expressions. They hope to find ways to bring together Blaq Queer/Trans communities around the world.

Milton Bowens was born and raised in Oakland, CA and is the 5th son and 10th child of his family, which makes for his unique artistic signature. Milton 510’s work takes inspiration from the Artistic Masters of the past and present, and American, World, and [End Page 229] Black History, bringing to the foreground issues of perseverance, pride, perspective, and affect. Milton 510’s work has been exhibited, represented, showcased, and widely collected internationally over the past twenty years. From fall 2009 to 2012, Milton 510’s “Afro Classical” collection, an anthology of paintings depicting the importance of Jazz, Art, and Words during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance Era was used as part of the course study on “The Harlem Renaissance” in the Africana Studies and Research Center of Cornell University.

dann j. Broyld is Assistant Professor of Public History & African American History at Central Connecticut State University. He earned his PhD in nineteenth-century United States and African Diaspora history at Howard University in 2011. His work focuses on the American-Canadian borderlands and issues of Black identity, migration, and transnational relations as well as oral history and museum-community interaction. Broyld is currently working on a manuscript with the University of Toronto Press and can be reached at

Kellie Carter Jackson is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Hunter College, CUNY. She is co-editor of Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory (2017, University of Georgia Press). Carter Jackson is currently completing her first book, Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (UPenn Press). Her essays have been featured in The Atlantic, Quartz, The Conversation, Boston’s NPR Blog Cognoscenti, and the African American Intellectual History Society blog. She was also featured in the...


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