Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and spoken word artist. She has taught in Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department. She has created and taught courses on topics as diverse as the history of the Black Panther Party, race and the history of prisons, Hurricane Katrina, and hip hop as literature.
She has facilitated writing workshops, for students in third grade to twelfth, in community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons. Imarisha has been a public scholar with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project for 5 years, touring Oregon with programs on Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration and the history of hip hop. She also filmed and codirected Finding Common Ground in New Orleans, a documentary about Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.