Raquelle K. Bostow

Project Lead

Raquelle is a Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar at Fisk University. She teaches courses at the overlaps of Gender Studies and French language, culture, and literature and has research interests in women's writing and cultural production across the francophone world. During her postdoctoral fellowship from Fall 2018 to Spring 2020, Raquelle created "Women of Rosenwald," served as Project Lead, and recruited a team of Undergraduate Research Assistants to collaborate on this exhibit and gain skills in copyediting, writing, and digital exhibit curation. She hopes that this exhibit pays homage to the remarkable contents of the Rosenwald Collection at Fisk University's Special Collections at the John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library.     

Traveria Evans

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Traveria is a senior English major and Women and Gender Studies minor at Fisk University. Her research interests include African American literature, intersectionality, the history of black women, LGBTQIA+ history, rhetoric and Black feminism. She started off contributing to the project by doing biographical background research on Margaret Walker and Elizabeth Catlett. She also uploaded “items” into the Omeka database and input metadata for photos and the documents. Traveria joined the project to strengthen her interest and skills with digital projects and archival materials.

Benjamin Holmes

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Benjamin is currently a rising senior at Fisk University pursuing a B.A. in Sociology. At Fisk, he focuses his academic coursework on poverty, inequality, environmental justice, and sustainability. He is significantly interested in the role social theory, public policy, and education play in mitigating current and future dilemmas for marginalized communities, in turn, maximizing the opportunity for adequate help and resources for those communities. Alongside Benjamin’s studies, he is a research and student assistant for the Fisk’s Community Environmental Toxics Awareness and Sustainability Program in which he actively applies his academic studies to assist in the area of family and community preparedness due to environmental hazards and natural disasters specific to the Middle Tennessee area. He joined the Rosenwald Fellowship digital exhibit project in Fall 2019 which he helped with metadata input for the Rosenwald fellows. He thoroughly enjoyed learning about the fellows through the archives of their correspondence, specifically before and after they received their fellowship offer letter. 

Dartisha L. Mosley

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dartisha Latranese Mosley hails from the City of Lights, Aurora, Illinois. She studies English and Music with a concentration in Voice at Fisk University. On campus, she serves the ‘Fisk Family’ with her involvement in organizations and ensembles such as: Fisk University Student Ambassadors, Fisk Galleries Ambassadors, New Student Orientation Leaders, Fisk University Choir, Every Nation Campus Ministries, and the 2019-2020 Fisk Jubilee Singers®. In 2018, Dartisha became a member of the UNCF Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and named the sole recipient of Beyonce Knowles’ BeyGood Homecoming Scholars Award for Fisk University. ‘Women of Rosenwald: Curating Justice Through the Arts’ exhibit  has allowed Dartisha to grow as a scholar and academic in her field of research. She hopes all who encounter the exhibit will be inspired by the lives and legacy of these phenomenal women. She plans to pursue higher education and performance as her primary objectives after graduating from Fisk. Ultimately, Dartisha aspires to earn a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with efforts to bring awareness to the beauty of music across various ethnic and cultural groups.

Destiny Reed

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Destiny is a senior undergraduate student at Fisk University majoring in English and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Her academic research interests include literary and cultural aspects of African American women writers in the 20th century. She served as an undergraduate research assistant for this exhibit with a special focus on composing Pearl Primus’ biography.

We would like to thank DeLisa Minor Harris, Special Collections Librarian at Fisk University's John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, for her vital counsel, guidance, and training throughout the creation of this archival digital exhibit.

We also extend our gratitude to those who provided important feedback on the exhibit, including Dean Jessie Carney Smith and Nikoo Paydar. Further recognition goes to Cassondra Hanna for her research on the relationship between Fisk University and the Rosenwald Fund, and to David Joseph-Osawe for his work on metadata. This has truly been a team effort.

Finally, thank you to the Mellon Foundation, to the Mellon Partners in Humanities Education Committee, and to the Center for Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt University, with special thanks to Madeleine Casad, for supporting this project through funding and counsel.