The History of Black Writing (HBW) recently received $800,000 in funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to implement a three-year grant focusing on African American literature. Scholars of African American literature, computer scientists, Digital Humanities scholars, illustrators, graphic designers, voice actors, and sound engineers will contribute to the project.
Maryemma Graham, founder of HBW, will bring her decades-long expertise working on various African American literature projects as well as her experiences working with hundreds of schoolteachers, fellow scholars, and students.
My brother Kenton Rambsy, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, and I have been working on projects combining literary studies and digital humanities for years now, and this HBW Mellon grant gives us a special opportunity to expand the reach of our efforts. Drew Davidson, a professor of computer science at the University Kansas and a contributor to the Network, will work with us on design and operational features of the digital resources that we are building.