NOTE: On leave until June 2021
Kali Nicole Gross is Martin Luther King, Jr professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880–1910 (2006), which received the John Hope Franklin Center Manuscript Prize and the Association of Black Women Historians' Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, and Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America (2016). She has been featured on NPR and a number of radio and television programs, and her opinion pieces on race, gender, and criminal justice can be found in the Washington Post, BBC News, the Huffington Post, the Root, American Prospect, Ebony, JET, and Truthout.
A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today. A Black Women's History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women's lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women's history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.