ASU professor highlights work of African American prison reformer

By any measure, Arizona State University Associate Professor Joe Lockard is an expert in African American studies and 19th and 20th century American literature.

He has researched antislavery literature, written books, published articles, and in 2003, established the Antislavery Literature Project to digitize and make accessible a range of antislavery literature.

Is aging a privilege?

Getting old has its perks and perils. People are mostly kind and respectful to their elders, but that doesn’t keep older adults from being undervalued citizens of their communities.

And though aging can be a tough experience for anyone, what obstacles arise for those who come up against multiple marginalized identities? How does one get the care they need or the respect that they deserve if larger society dismisses their very existence? How does what Kimberly Crenshaw refers to as “intersectionality” complicate the aging experience?

Black representation in film, TV still needed behind the scenes

In 1964 Sidney Poitier made history, becoming the first Black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."

In the years after winning the award, Poitier, who died in January at the age of 94, spoke openly about the racism he enountered, saying, "(Black people) were so new in Hollywood. There was almost no frame of reference for us except as stereotypical, one-dimensional characters."

Pulitzer Prize-winning author hosts creative writing series

Mitchell Jackson has a story to tell.

It’s about a boy growing up in Portland, Oregon, with a drug-addicted mother. About a young man who went to prison for dealing drugs, and while incarcerated, began to write about his experiences.

It’s about thoughts becoming words, the words becoming a novel and the novel — "The Residue Years" — winning the Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence.

And that was only the beginning.