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David Levering Lewis Looks at Two Black American Leaders in BIO Conference Keynote

After receiving the 2021 BIO Award from Pamela Newkirk, David Levering Lewis spoke on “Black Biography Matters: A Prophet and A President.” The prophet was W. E. B. Du Bois, […]

Race, Racism, and Biography

Six BIO members shared their views on race and biography for the July issue of The Biographer’s Craft: Black Lives/Young Readers by Ray Anthony Shepard Archival Interventions: Reconstructing Life on […]

Podcast Episode #38 – Pamela Newkirk

In this week’s episode, we interview Pamela Newkirk, award-winning author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (2015). Her latest book, published this year, is Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business. This […]

Writing a Biography about a Subject Who Left Few Records of His Own

At the beginning of the last century, Ota Benga, a Congolese member of the Mbuti people known for their diminutive height, was brought to the United States and exhibited to […]