An online exhibition profiling ancestors of color who have contributed to folklore scholarship through research and documentation by, about, and for the uplift of historically and persistently marginalized communities.
Meet some of our notable folklorists:
Lydia Cabrera (1899-1991)
Lydia Cabrera was one of the first writers to recognize and make public the richness of Afro-Cuban culture. She made valuable contributions in the areas of anthropology and ethnology…
Gerald L. Davis (1941–1997)
Dr. Gerald Davis was a leading scholar of African American folklife who contributed to the academic and public arenas, a documentary filmmaker, and a mentor…
About the Exhibit
First shown at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (AFS), Notable Folklorists of Color: Remembering Our Ancestral Legacies was developed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Cultural Diversity Committee (CDC). In this exhibit curators Dr. Phyllis M. May-Machunda and Dr. Olivia Cadaval highlight 25 scholars of color, ancestors whose significant contributions expanded research in folkloristics and laid a foundation for folkloristic scholarship by people of color in communities of color.
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