Dr. Salamishah Tillet is one of the rising feminist activists and academics of her generation. In 2003, Salamishah and her sister, Scheherazade Tillet, cofounded A Long Walk Home, Inc., a 501 (c) nonprofit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. She is the writer of Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS), an award-winning multimedia performance that tells her own story of reclaiming her body, sexuality, and self-esteem after being sexually assaulted in college. She cocreated The Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, an art-based, feminist boot camp for African-American adolescent girls who have been impacted by violence in Chicago. She was an associate producer for Aishah Shahidah Simmons’s groundbreaking documentary, NO!, A Rape Documentary and is in the Cambridge Documentary’s award winning film, Rape Is… In 2006, Ebony Magazine named her one of America’s top 30 Black leaders under 30 years old. In 2010, Salamishah and Scheherazade were finalists for Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” award for their work to end violence against girls and women.
Salamishah has appeared on CNN and NPR and written for The Nation on issues of race, gender, and popular culture and is a regular contributor for the Washington Post magazine, The Root. Her book, Sites of Slavery: Citizenship, Racial Democracy, and the Post-Civil Rights Imagination examines how contemporary African-American artists represent slavery to challenge present-day racial inequality and model a more democratic American future. She is currently working on a book on the black feminist icon, Nina Simone. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from and A.M. in English and American Literature from Harvard University. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.http://www.alongwalkhome.org