Nishani Frazier

North Carolina State University
Before joining North Carolina State University, Frazier has held positions as Associate Curator of African American History and Archives at Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), Assistant to the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Archives at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and personal assistant for Dr. John Hope Franklin, before and during his tenure as chair of President Bill Clinton's advisory board on "One America". Her research interests include 1960s freedom Nishani's publication, Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism was released with an accompanying website also titled Harambee City. Harambee City website is a digital project that creates a second layer of book reading via online access to maps, archival documents, teacher lesson plans, and oral history.Frazier's writings also include: co-editor for Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience (Columbia University Press, 2003); a policy paper for Democracy Collaborative New Direction: Community Wealth Building Black Community, Then and Now Next System, Blackness is Not the Absence of Light: Restoring Black Visibility and Liberation of Digital Humanities, co-authored with Hilary Green and Christy Hyman in Debates in Digital Humanities; and multiple publications in Black Perspectives, AMSJ Blog, TruthOut, and more.Dr. Frazier is currently working on upcoming publications including "Voices of the Displaced" in Bloomburg's Oral History Reader, ed. by Alistair Thomson; and, a tasty new book titled, Cooking with Black Nationalism.


I began conducting oral histories in the 90s as an intern for Anacostia Museum. I've since conducted interviews for my own academic research and in the context of my public history work for various community organizations, universities, archives, and museums.

Purpose of Contact

  • I am available to answer questions, or provide mentorship to other oral historians
  • I am available for hire - as an oral historian, consultant, presenter, educator, or related services
  • I am available to collaborate - on research, community projects, artistic endeavors, or other joint undertakings with peers
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