Affiliate Scholars

Dr. Aminah Pilgrim

Dr. Aminah Pilgrim has taught in the Dept. of Africana Studies at UMass Boston for the past 17 years. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University. Her areas of research include late 19th and 20th century African-American history, African-American women’s history, African Diaspora studies, Cabo Verdean studies, education research and critical hip hop studies. She is the founder of the HIPHOP Initiative, and MEMORIA Oral History Project. She is the Co-founder (with Anita Monteiro) of SABURA Youth Program in Brockton, MA, and the Co-founder (with Dr. Terza Lima-Neves) of PODEROZA: International Conference on Cabo Verdean Women. In addition to community organizing, Pilgrim has experience as a visual artist, writer, and public speaker. Please feel free to contact her via social media (FB: Aminah Pilgrim, IG & Twitter: @aminahnailah)

Prof. mYia X

mYia X is a proud Jamaican born and Boston based poet, intellectual, activist, healer, and abolitionist. She has over two decades of experience organizing to free political prisoners.

Kristen Maye, Ph.D. Candidate

Kristen J. Maye graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Afro-American Studies and History. Her research engages political theory with questions at the intersection of slavery, neoliberalism and gender. She is interested in exploring the position of anti-Blackness in progressive civil society and thinking through how anti-Blackness impacts Western conceptions of what it means to be human. Kristen spent the time between her undergraduate studies and her return to school working in criminal justice and drug policy reform in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys biking and beer.