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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Heather Andrea Williams

Heather Andrea WilliamsTrained as a lawyer as well as a historian, Heather Andrea Williams is a Presidential Professor and professor of Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom (2005), received several book awards, including the Lillian Smith Book Prize. In her second book, Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery (2012), Williams explores forced family separations during slavery and African Americans' efforts to reunify families after the Civil War. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, "A Very Short Introduction to American Slavery." With the support of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, she is currently directing "Jamaican Journeys," a film project that examines the experiences of Jamaican immigrants to the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

Image credit: Clay Williams