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Michael Simanga


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, The Union Institute & University, African American Studies, May 2009
B.A. History, Oglethorpe University, May 2000


Research Interests

African American Art and Culture
African-Americans in Film


Dr. Michael Simanga is an activist cultural worker, artist and scholar in African American art and culture as expression of identity, forms of resistance and transformation. He has written, edited and published fiction, poetry, drama, essays and memoir about the African American experience. Dr. Simanga has also produced, presented and directed more than 200 artistic projects including plays, exhibitions, concerts, readings and festivals. He has also produced music with Cassandra Wilson, Sonia Sanchez and others.




Congress of African People: History and Memory (Palgrave Press 2014)


Co-Editor, Brilliant Fire! Amiri Baraka: Poems, Plays, Politics for the People (Third World Press 2014)


We Declare Our Right to Be a Human Being, in By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X, Real Not Reinvented (Third World Press 2012)


Co-Editor, 44 on 44: forty four African American Writers on the Election of the 44th President, Barack Obama, edited with Lita Hooper and Sonia Sanchez (Third World Press 2012)