Nishani Frazier

Maid or Mammy: Historical Memory in the filmsClara's Heart, Long Walk Home, and Corinna, Corinna.

Nishani Frazier is a doctoral student in the history department at Columbia University. Her dissertation will examine the public and private life of Ralph David Abernathy and his subsequent withdrawl from the civil rights movement community. Ms. Frazier served as personal and administrative assistant to Dr. John Hope Franklin for two years, including acting as his special assistant during his tenure as chair of President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Race. She has also worked as an archivist and researcher for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change and as an intern with the Anacostia Museum. Recently, she co-organized the one-day symposium, Black Feminism 2000 under the auspices of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. In addition, she is co-editor with Dr. Manning Marable on the forthcoming anthology, Columbia Reader on African American History.