As Baltimore’s “confederate” monuments came down, I provided some context for why Chief Justice Roger Taney is a difficult figure to venerate in 2017. Listen here.
I was interviewed by political scientist David Sehat for his podcast, MindPop, on whether “common ground” is possible between conservative and progressive thinkers. This conversation followed a two day long summer at GVSU’s Hauenstein Center on the topic. Listen in here.
The Michigan Daily invited me to offer “an exit interview of sorts,” in which I reflect on my career at the University and the lessons I’ve taken from “this year, and decade, of powerful turbulence,” on campus. Read the full story here. May 2017.
I created Stumbling Blocks, a pop-art installation that confronted difficult moments in the University of Michigan past in conjunction with the university bicentennial. Write ups here from the Detroit News, MLive, and the Michigan Daily.
The University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri are co-sponsoring a speaker’s series on the African American experience in that state. I visited to talk about the Celia case. Her story was picked up by Mid-Missouri Public Radio here and the local NBC affiliate, KOMU, here. March 2016.
I was interviewed for BelleAire Radio, the Bennett College program on SiriusXM hosted by Ke’Arra Kelly. You’ll hear memories and impressions of my family’s life as part of the Bennett College community. January 2016.
As part of the University of Missouri’s series, The African American Experience in Missouri, I’ll be talking about our work with The Celia Project and the history of women and state violence. Celia’s story expands on the call #SayHerName.
The Mixed Experience is hosted by novelist and activist Heidi Durrow. I joined Heidi, along with colleagues Karen Downing, Mark Kamimura, and Ed West, to talk about multiracial identity at the University of Michigan, and beyond. Listen here. December 2015.
At the University of Michigan, fall 2015 brought about a Diversity Summit. Led by President Mark Schlissel, the university is re-examining and re-asserting its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Detroit Free Press covered some of the events here. November 2015.
What do we mean by the phrase “the right side of history?” Is this an idea relevant to the work of historians or is it a rhetorical claim better suited to politics? I weigh in here with my colleagues John Carson and Larry LaFountain-Stokes for Michigan Today and Neal Gabler. September 2015.
The commentary surrounding a claim by Rachel Dolezal, an Eastern Washington University instructor, that she is black was a mix of circus and serious analysis. I waded in just a bit, thinking about the implications for teaching African American studies in the Chronicle of Higher Education and assisting with some fact-checking for PunditFact. June 2015.
The Arabella Chapman Project went live on June 1, 2015. Visitors can now see these 19th-century photo albums and read the stories embedded in them. We’re also working on mysteries still unsolved! Sydney Hawkins at UMich produced a news piece and video available here. The press coverage has been terrific, bringing in new visitors and a few local sleuths who are already enriching Arabella’s story! June 2015.
In the wake of the Justice Department’s report and the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, I commented for the Christian Science Monitor on the long term prospects for change for residents of Ferguson here. March 2015.
Alyssa Brandon is a wonderful feature writer for the Michigan Daily. She took on the challenge of capturing the mood on campus one year after the #BBUM campaign in “University Reflects on #BBUM a Year After Demands” here. January 2015.
I joined a #UMichChat — a twitter conversation — on social media, journalism, and Ferguson. It was a first for me: A fast-paced exchange of ideas with lots of folks “listening” and weighing-in. I liked the format, and was moved when social media and the world collided — a “die-in” sponsored by Michigan Law’s Black Law Students Alliance was staged in the library where I was working. I stopped to honor the 4 1/2 minutes of silence. But not before snapping a photo and making sure that the Chat participants saw via my Twitter feed the power of social media in action. The Michigan Daily covered the #UMichChat here. And the #UMichChat was storified here. December 2014.
“Ferguson Jury’s Decision Stuns Ann Arbor, Detroit Crowds.” Like so many people across the globe, we came together in Ann Arbor to witness, reflect on, and mourn the Grand Jury decision on the killing of Michael Brown in #Ferguson, Missouri. The Detroit Free Press and the Michigan Daily covered this evening gathering. November 2014.
“These Historians on Twitter Don’t Have a Large Following — But They Should!” I’m still a novice when it comes to Twitter, but Erik Moshe at the History News Network gave me a nice shout-out for my efforts. September 2014.
“Facets of Privacy Discussed at Inauguration Panel.” I joined a distinguished panel of collegues to talk about race and privacy in the 21st century in honor of President Mark Schlissel’s inauguration at the University of Michigan. September 2014.
“Diversity at U-M: What’s Next?” I spoke with Michigan’s Alumni Association magazine, Michigan Alumnus, about the past and the future of diversity on campus. September 2014.
“Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision: Analysis.” WSJ Live’s Tanya Rivero and I talked about the SCOTUS decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. April 2014.
“University of Michigan Announces Steps to Boost Black Student Enrollment.” I was quoted in the Huffington Post’s coverage of an agreement reached between U-M students and administration. April 2014.
“How do Institutions Go About Counting “Diversity?”” I spoke with NPR’s Cynthia Canty on Stateside about diversity in the twenty-first century. April 2014.
“Michigan Students Brace for SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action.” I was interviewed by Al Jazeera America on diversity at the University of Michigan. April 2014.
“Meet the Keepers of Black Women’s History.” I was included among an amazing group of twenty historians by The Root. March 2014.
“Changing Black Identity.” I participated in a CNN Hangout panel discussion on changing ideas about black identity in the United States, with Patrik Henry Bass from Essence, David A. Wilson, founder of TheGrio.com, and Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch. February 2014.
“Strength to Love.” Kierra Sedgwick featured my Bennett College talk for The Bennett Banner. I delivered that talk from what had been my grandfather’s pulpit! February 2014.
“Nation’s Largest African-American History Museum at Risk in Detroit.” I discussed the future of Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum with Al Jazeera America. February 2014.
“Journal of the Civil War Era Special Issue: Proclaiming Emancipation at 150.” The University of North Carolina Press blog, Civil War 150, featured the special issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era,edited by me. January 2014.
“ACLS Fellows.” I was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. April 2013.
“National Humanities Names Fellows for 2013-14.” I was named the William C. and Ida Friday fellow at the National Humanities Center. April 2013.
“AHA Spotlight: Martha S. Jones.” I was interviewed for the American Historical Association’s “Member Spotlight.” August 2013.
“6 Words to Describe Race: U-M is First Campus in U.S. to Join Michele Norris’ Race Card Project.” The Ann Arbor News featured my collaboration with NPR’s Michele Norris on the Race Card Project at Michigan. So did the Michigan Daily and the University Record. March 2013.
“University of Michigan Presenting Powerful, Intriguing Exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation.” The “Proclaiming Emancipation” exhibit, which I curated with Clayton Lewis, was featured in the Ann Arbor News and the University Record. November 2012.
“Michelle Obama Images Part of Exhibit on Race.” The Associated Press features “Reframing the Color Line,” the exhibit that I curated with Clayton Lewis. January 2010.
“Clements Exhibit Explores Visual Roots of Racist Stereotypes.” The Ann Arbor News also reviewed “Reframing the Color Line,” along with UM’s Montage: Arts & Creativity. January 2010.