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Salamishah Tillet

Salamishah Tillet is the author of In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece and a contributing critic-at-large for The New York Times.  She is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing, the director of Express Newark at Rutgers University–Newark, and the cofounder of the A Long Walk Home, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to work to end violence against girls and women.