Norma Elizabeth Boyd, Racial Uplift, and the Divine Nine
The Influential Life of Norma Elizabeth Boyd, a founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Casarae Abdul-Ghani is assistant professor of African American Literature and the Digital Humanities in the Department of English at Temple University. Her recent book Start A Riot! Civil Unrest in Black Arts Movement Drama, Fiction, and Poetry published by UP of Mississippi in 2022, analyzes riot iconography in the fictive works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Henry Dumas, Ben Caldwell, and Sonia Sanchez. Abdul-Ghani argues that civil unrest reveals anti-Black racism, housing insecurity, economic and educational inequality exposing America’s inability to sever racial injustice in the late 1960s. Currently, she is at work on a Digital Humanities project exploring the African American cultural renaissance in Philadelphia in the 1920s of which she recently won a Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio Faculty Fellowship from Temple University Libraries.