Clenora Hudson-Weems

Clenora Hudson Weems
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PhD 1988, University of Iowa

Research and Teaching

Clenora Hudson, PhD, Professor, Theorist, Film Writer, and an Honored Listee—Marquis Who’s Who 2024, she is author of 5 books on the Africana Woman: Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves (1993)its 5th& 6th eds (2020 & 2023); Africana Womanist Literary Theory (2004); & Africana-Melanated Womanism: In It Together (2022). The 1st to establish Emmett Till as catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement, her 1988 Ford doctoral dissertation, “Emmett Louis Till: The Impetus of the Modern Civil Rights Movement” (U of Iowa), became her 1st Till book -- Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement (1994), culminating in the 4th one, Emmett—Legacy, RedemptionForgiveness (2014), the seed for her Film Script, mentored by Oscar Award-Winning co-writer, Barry Morrow, which is also registered with WGA. The Definitive Emmett Till: Passion & Battle of a Woman for Truth & Intellectual Justice, and Plagiarism—Physical & Intellectual Lynchings: An Emmett Till Continuum (2006 & 2007) followed. Interviewed on these pioneering works by American Audio Prose Library, she also co-authored, with Wilfred Samuels, Toni Morrison (1990), the 1st full study on the works of the Nobel Laureate, later receiving the 2000 Toni Morrison Society National Book Award. She co-authored, with Lorenzo Thomas, Amiri Baraka & the Black Arts Movement (2018). She is editor of Africana Paradigms, Practices & Literary Texts: Evoking Social Justice (2021); & Contemporary Africana Theory, Thought & Action: A Guide to Africana Studies (2007).

Recipient of several honors & awards, i.e. Ford & National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, CIC Internship, Proclamations, Resolutions, & Keys to Cities, she is also an Ida Beam Distinguished V. Prof (2021-2), U of Iowa, African American Studies, where she delivered the Keynote AddressNobel Laureate Toni Morrison as Model Africana Womanist Artivist for Social Justice, for its 50th Anniversary. She chaired several Till Conferences & was a Distinguished Honoree for the 1st International Africana Womanism Conference at the U of Zimbabwe (2010), later delivering the Keynote Address, Why Africana Womanism, for its 2021 Women’s Conference.

Awards and Honors

Honored Listee—Marquis Who’s Who 2024

Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor (2021-22), U of Iowa, African American Studies

Wikipedia – Clenora Hudson-Weems

Wikipedia – Africana Womanism

IMDb Status

Toni Morrison Society Book Award --Toni Morrison --(Co-authored with Wilfred D. Samuels)

Western Journal of Black Studies Scholarly Achievement & Leadership Award

Distinguished Honoree, 1st International Council of Africana Womanism Conference (U of Zimbabwe)

Ford Foundation Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships    

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship

Proclamations (TN, DE, MO)

Keys to City (Memphis, TN; Wilmington, DE)

Selected Publications

Clenora Hudson-Weems. Elevating Humanity via Africana Womanism, 2024.

Clenora Hudson-Weems. Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves Sixth Edition, 2024.

Clenora Hudson (Weems), ed. Africana-Melanated Womanism: In It Together. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022

Clenora Hudson-Weems, ed. Africana Paradigms, Practices and Literary Texts: Evoking Social Justice. Kendall Hunt, 2021.

Clenora Hudson-Weems. Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves Fifth Edition--with 5 new chapters--Routledge, 2019-2020.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Foreword--Dariro African Theory of Participation and Performance, Itai Muwati, Editor, College Press Harare, Zimbabwe, 2018.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement. Gale, 2018--Co-Author, Lorenzo Thomas.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Racism Killed Emmett Till:  His Legacy ‘Hidden,’” Missourian, July 2018.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Emmett:  Still Center of Tragedy,” Chicago Crusader, February 16, 2017.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Emmett Till Was Murdered 61 Years Ago, But Racism Lives On,” Learn Liberty Blog, George Mason U, Aug 28, 2016.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “The Benefits of Campus Activism,” Diverse Issue of Higher Education, March 21, 2016.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “The Link between Emmett Till and Black Lives Matter,” Chicago Crusader, November 21, 2015.

Clenora Hudson-Weems. Closing Chapter, "Establishing Female Competency via Literacy: Reclaiming Our Communities: An Africana Womanist Mission." Literacy as Gendered Discourses: Voice of Women in Global Societies. Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2015.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Forward”--Rediscoursing African Womanhood in Search for Sustainable Renaissance: Africana Womanism in Multi-disciplinary Approach, Itai Muwati and Zifikile Gambahaya, editors. College Press Harare, Zimbabwe, 2012, pp.xii-xv.

Clenora Hudson-Weems. Opening Chapter, "Ending De-Womanization, De-Feminization and De-Humanization vie Self Naming, Self-Definition and Genuine Sisterhood." Rediscoursing African Womanhood in Search for Sustainable Renaissance: African Womanism in Multi-Disciplinary Approaches. College Press Harare, Zimbabwe, 2012.

Clenora Hudson-Weems. Closing Chapter, "Environmental Racism--Black Landowners and Katrina in the Making of a New Hilton Head: A Emmett Till Continuum". Palgrave-Macmillan Publishers, 2009. Paper delivered as Keynote Address for International Conference, “Environmental Justice in the New Millennium,” Wellesley College, 2007.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Editor, Contemporary Africana Theory, Thought and Action: A Guide to Africana Studies, Africa World Press, 2007.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Thought-Action: An Authenticating Paradigm for Africana Studies,” Keynote Address, Africana Conference, U of Pittsburgh, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Fall 2006.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Africana Womanist Literary Theory, Africa World Press, 2004.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Opening Chapter, “Africana Womanism: Entering the New Millennium“ in State of the Race, Creating Our 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here? Edited by Jemadari Kamara and Tony Menelik Van Der Meer, Editors, Diaspora Press, 2004.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Womanism: The Flip Side of the Coin.” Guest Editor for Special Issue on Africana Womanism, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Fall 2001.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “The African American Literary Tradition,” in A Historiographical and Bibliographical Guide to the African American Experience, Arvarh E. Strickland and Robert E. Weems, Jr., eds. Greenwood Publishers, 2001, pp.116-143.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Womanism: An Overview” in Out of the Revolution: The Development of Africana Studies, Delores Aldridge, Editor, Lexington Books, 2000, pp.205-217.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Womanism, Black Feminism, African Feminism, Womanism,” in Sisterhood, Feminisms and Power: From Africa to the Diaspora , Obioma Nneameka, Editor, New Jersey: African World Press, 1998, pp.149-162.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Resurrecting Till: The Catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement,” Journal of Black Studies, Sage Publication, Nov. 1998, pp.179-188.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Womanism: An Historical, Global Perspective for Women of African Descent,” Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of African-American Literary Tradition, Patricia Liggins Hill, General Editor, Houghton Mifflin, Spring 1997.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Womanism and the Critical Need for Africana Theory and Thought,” The Western Journal of Black Studies (WJBS), Summer 1997, pp.70-84.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement, Bedford Publishers, 1994.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves, Bedford Publishers, 1993.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “From Malcolm Little to El Haii Malik El Shabazz: Malcolm's Evolving Attitude Toward Africana Women,” Hudson-Weems, Guest Editor for Special Issue on Philosophy and Human Rights Legacy of Malcom X, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Spring 1993, pp.26-31.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, “Africana Womanism,” Voice: The Caribbean International Magazine, DEC 1992, 37-8, 46.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Opening Article “Claude McKay: Black Protest in Western Traditional Form,” The Western Journal of Black Studies, Spring 1992,1-5.

Clenora Hudson-Weems, Toni Morrison. NY/Boston: Prentice-Hall, 1990. (Co-author--Dr.Wilfred D. Samuels), 1990.