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P. Gabrielle Foreman

Award-Winning Professor, MacArthur "Genius Grant" Award Winner, Leader in the field of Black Digital & Public History

Award-Winning Professor, MacArthur "Genius Grant" Award Winner, Leader in the field of Black Digital & Public History

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P. Gabrielle Foreman Biography

Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman is a poet's daughter and MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner who hails from the South Side of Chicago and Venice, California. She is the founding director of the award-winning Colored Conventions Project which brings the history of early Black organizing to digital life. For a decade, she has also worked with poets and performers to bring early Black history to the stage.

Dr. Foreman is a professor of English, African American Studies, and History at Penn State University. She publishes extensively on issues of race, reform, and resistance in the nineteenth century, focusing on the past’s continuing hold on the world we inhabit today.

P. Gabrielle Foreman Speaking Topics

  • Why Didn’t We Know?!: The Forgotten History of the Colored Conventions and 19th-Century Black Political Organizing

    How is it possible for history to have sidelined seven full decades of early African American organizing? In this talk, attendees will learn about an ongoing campaign for Black rights which served as the prequel to the NAACP, Civil Rights, and Black Lives Matter movements. From 1830 through the beginning of the new century, free, fugitive, and freed Black Americans held multi-day “Colored Conventions” all across North America. African American leaders not only came together to demand Black freedom, but to advocate for all it entails then as now: educational equity, labor justice, voting, jury, and political rights, as well as freedom from state-sanctioned violence. Why didn’t we know?

  • From Juneteenth to July 4th, an American Invitation

    What would it mean to think about the fifteen days between Juneteenth and July 4th as a bridge between the democratic aspirations that the 4th articulates and the embodied freedom that Juneteenth has come to represent for Black Americans? This talk revisits the history of Juneteenth before turning to discussions raised by Black artists and poets about what is represented—and what is left out—in the ways we’ve come to understand the United States’ founding dates and documents.

  • His Page Was Clay: How an Enslaved Potter and Poet Became a Museum Superstar

    Today, David Drake’s ceramic vessels are found in the most renowned museums across the United States. Often incised with original poetry and signed “Dave,” his pots are counted among the largest and most accomplished to be made in the nineteenth century. In 2021, one sold for $1.5 million. Yet, this artist spent almost his entire life enslaved in South Carolina; his friends and family members could be sold off as easily as the wares he was known for even then. In addition to being famous for his pots, Drake is perhaps the only Black writer, free or enslaved, to create surviving literature that never appeared in print. His page was clay. This talk introduces audiences to David Drake’s pottery and poetry and shares how he has inspired a generation of visual artists and poets who came after him.

P. Gabrielle Foreman Videos

  • DETV SPECIAL: DETV Up Close
    Join DETV's Kerwin Gaines as he sits down for an exclusive interview with award-winning professor of English, History, and African American Studies,...
  • P. Gabrielle Foreman, Literary Historian and Digital Humanist
    Literary Historian and Digital Humanist P. Gabrielle Foreman sparks inquiry into nineteenth-century collective Black organizing efforts through...
  • P. Gabrielle Foreman: "Black People Have ALWAYS Organized!"
    Once upon Black people organized and set agendas and had a strategy for empowerment. And they kept organizing. P. Gabrielle Foreman, Director of "The...

P. Gabrielle Foreman Books

  • Praise Songs for Dave the Potter: Art and Poetry for David Drake
    Praise Songs for Dave the Potter: Art and Poetry for David Drake
  • The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)
    The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)
  • Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (Penguin Books for History: U.S.)
    Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (Penguin Books for History: U.S.)
  • Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century (New Black Studies Series)
    Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century (New Black Studies Series)

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P. Gabrielle Foreman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Why Didn’t We Know?!: The Forgotten History of the Colored Conventions and 19th-Century Black Political Organizing, From Juneteenth to July 4th, an American Invitation and His Page Was Clay: How an Enslaved Potter and Poet Became a Museum Superstar. The estimated speaking fee range to book P. Gabrielle Foreman for your event is available upon request. P. Gabrielle Foreman generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rachel Harding, Alaina E. Roberts, Paul Ortiz, Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins and Jeffrey C. Stewart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling P. Gabrielle Foreman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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