Black Women & Black Atlantics
by Toya Mary Okonkwo
As a final project for my Black Atlantics seminar at Texas Christian University, I have opted to create this website as a means of cross-sectioning the scholarly and academic work of excavating the lives of 18th century black Atlantic women and connecting their stories to our 20th & 21st century experiences as their descendants. While the research into this project has generated from the scholarly assignment to create, I want to open this conversation to a broader audience. Because, as we learned in Dr. Mona Narain's class, the traditional processes within the American academy of only writing for a scholarly audience is becoming less sustainable. We need to learn to adapt - and I invite you to join me in my adaptive attempt by exploring this website on my own journey of identification with the character Imoinda from Oroonoko, Nina Simone's "Four Women" and some of the ways I see all of these black women characters connecting to my own family.
P.S. All of the artwork on this site is from Kara Walker, a link to her site is included below.