Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of English, Africana, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Tillet is the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against all girls and women. She is the writer and producer of the multimedia performance, "Story Of A Rape Survivor" (SOARS) and the co-creator of The Girl/Friends Leadership Institutes, art and activist leadership programs for African American adolescent girls who have been impacted by violence in Chicago. She blogs for The Nation and in 2013, she published "Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Singles Interview." She is the author of "Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination" and is currently working on a project on the civil rights icon, Nina Simone.