39 min

The Next 200 Years of Amherst College Black Women of Amherst College

    • Personal Journals

Biddy Martin, president of Amherst from 2011 to 2022, reflects on how the institution is working in earnest to become a more welcoming, equitable and inclusive place for marginalized students, one that tackles uncomfortable truths, celebrates triumphs and fully serves its next generations of Black women.
Host: Nichelle S. Carr ’98
In conversation with: Biddy Martin, former president of Amherst College
Discussion topics:

Race, race relations and the myth of a “post-racial” society

The unique concerns of Black women at Amherst 

Invisibility, hyper-visibility and “Black Girl Magic”

The 2015 Amherst Uprising

The tension faced by Black women on campus between academic growth and activism 

The contributions of Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, Professor Sonia Sanchez and other unrecognized trailblazers in spaces and places on campus

Black martyrdom vs. recognition

What lies ahead for Amherst College: Reckoning, reform and celebration 


Featured interview:
Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, who has taught at Amherst since 1986

Biddy Martin, president of Amherst from 2011 to 2022, reflects on how the institution is working in earnest to become a more welcoming, equitable and inclusive place for marginalized students, one that tackles uncomfortable truths, celebrates triumphs and fully serves its next generations of Black women.
Host: Nichelle S. Carr ’98
In conversation with: Biddy Martin, former president of Amherst College
Discussion topics:

Race, race relations and the myth of a “post-racial” society

The unique concerns of Black women at Amherst 

Invisibility, hyper-visibility and “Black Girl Magic”

The 2015 Amherst Uprising

The tension faced by Black women on campus between academic growth and activism 

The contributions of Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, Professor Sonia Sanchez and other unrecognized trailblazers in spaces and places on campus

Black martyrdom vs. recognition

What lies ahead for Amherst College: Reckoning, reform and celebration 


Featured interview:
Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, who has taught at Amherst since 1986

39 min