Christopher A. Brooks is Associate Professor of African American Studies in the College of Humanities andSciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He holds a doctorate in anthropology/ethmusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has numerous publications focusing on the African continental and diasporan experience and has recently done field research on women's rights organizations in southern Africa. A recent project has been his coauthoring of the autobiography of Shirley Verrett, the celebratedAfrican American opera singer.
Keith Byerman is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Indiana State University and is an associate editor of African American Review. He is the author of The Short Fiction of John Edgar Wideman; Seizing the Word: History, Art, and Self in the Work of W. E. B. Du Bois; Fingering the Jagged Grain: Tradition and Form in Recent Black Fiction; and, with Erma Banks, Alice Walker: An Annotated Bibliography, 1968–1986.
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. A former Ford Fellow and Fulbright and Carnegie Scholar, she is a coauthor of Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes and a coauthor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse. Her scholarly interests include identity, change and crosscultural communication, class andpower, andthe rhetoric of black Americans.
Carrie Cowherd is Associate Professor of Classics at Howard University, where she has servedas Chair of Classics, Director of Humanities, andDirector of the Honors Program. She holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Chicago, and her current interests include classical influences in the writings of Charles Johnson andToni Morrison.
Chester J. Fontenot, Jr., is the Benjamin W. Griffith, Jr., Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Mercer University in Macon,