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Howard Alumni named as Keepers of Black Women's History

In April, Women's History Month, Howard University alumni Drs. Paula Giddings and Elizabeth Clark-Lewis were named by The Root, an online publication, as two of 25 women nationally who are "keepers of black women's history." The publication was originally developed by the Washington Post and edited by American literary critic, writer and scholar Henry Louis Gates.

Dr. Giddings is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and Smith College professor. Dr. Clark-Lewis is a history professor at Howard University and a noted author. Along with other distinguished historians, Dr. Giddings and Dr. Clark-Lewis, have for many decades researched, written about, and shared their knowledge of the significant contributions of black women throughout history.

Dr. Giddings is the author of three books on the social and political history of African-American women: When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; and, most recently, a critically acclaimed biography of anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, Ida: A Sword Among Lions.

Dr. Clark-Lewis's courses at Howard University include African-American women, women in the U.S. and African-American history. She has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters on women, race, household workers, and other topics. Clark-Lewis is the author of the acclaimed book, Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics in Washington, D.C.: 1910-1940.

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