Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Professor of Women’s Studies

Spelman College

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (1980), co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880–1920 (1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (1995); Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (2001), co-edited with Rudolph Byrd; Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (2003), co-authored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole; I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde (2009), co-edited with Rudolph P. Byrd and Johnnetta B. Cole; Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies (2010), co-edited with Stanlie James and Frances Smith Foster. In 1983 she became the founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.


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