AJC post-doctoral fellow and communication professor Dr. Sherri Williams studies media representations of people of color and how social media is used as a tool for social change. Smithsonian Magazine asked Dr. Williams to comment on the political and cultural significance of black digital activism in a story on Black Twitter in its current issue.
The September 2016 issue of Smithsonian Magazine is a special edition that features contemporary stories about being “Black in America.” You can read Dr. William’s commentary in the article “Black Tweets Matter” by Jenna Wortham here.
“These were conversations that we were having with each other, over the phone or in the living room or at the bar,” said Sherri Williams, a communications professor at Wake Forest University who has studied the impact of black Twitter. “Now we’re having those conversations out in the open on Twitter where other people can see them.”