Race & Pedagogy Chism Series Artist/Scholar-in-residence: Walidah Imarisha
A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, organizer and spoken word artist.
She teaches in Portland State University's Black Studies Department, Oregon State University's Women's Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University's English Department.
Walidah has toured the country several times performing, lecturing and challenging. She has facilitated poetry and journalism workshops third grade to twelfth, in community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons.
Walidah is one half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista and has shared the stage with folks as different as Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Saul Williams, war resister Stephen Funk, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and organizer Yuri Kochiyama. She has appeared on Puerto Punx band Ricanstruction’s second album Love and Revolution and toured nationally and internationally with them.
Walidah was one of the editors for the first anthology to be released about Sept. 11 and the aftermath, Another World is Possible, and has had her words featured in Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Letters From Young Activists, Daddy, Can I Tell You Something, Word Warriors, and The Quotable Rebel.
One of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop publication AWOL Magazine, she is also the director and co-producer of the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans.
Walidah spent six years on the board of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, and helped to found the Human Rights Coalition, a group of prisoners’ families and former prisoners with three chapters in Pennsylvania.