OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Portrait of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016) and How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (2017). Her interests are black politics, radicalism, and social movements, and she also works on issues concerning racial inequality and public policy in the United States. She is an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. Her writing has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, Boston Review, The New Republic, Al Jazeera America, Jacobin, In These Times, New Politics, and other media outlets. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled "Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis in the 1970s."

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

This talk engages the paradox of how the nation went from having elected the first African American president to the white nationalist presidency of Trump.
This talk examines the rise and fall of the federal government's first efforts to transform low-income Black renters into low-income Black homeowners. I examine the consequences of the partnerships between federal agencies and private funders in making housing available and their impact in Black neighborhoods in the aftermath of the Black rebellions of the 1960s.