University of Pennsylvania and A Long Road Home, Inc.
Salamishah Tillet is the Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of “Sites of Slavery, a contributing cultural critic to the New York Times, and currently working on two memoirs, In Search of ‘The Color Purple’ and All The Rage: The World Nina Simone Made. In 2003, she and her sister Scheherazade Tillet co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc., a nonprofit that uses art to empower young people and end violence against girls and women and is the subject and writer of the Story Of A Rape Survivor multimedia performance. She is featured in Rape Is… and NO! The Rape Documentary and along with Gloria Steinem wrote the new introduction for the 30th anniversary of Robin Warshaw’s landmark book I Never Called It Rape to be reissued by HarperCollins in September 2018. In July, Tillet will join Rutgers University-Newark as the founding director of the Public Arts and Social Justice Initiative and as the Henry Rutgers Term Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing.