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Ida E. Jones, PhD

Ida E. Jones contributes to

Port of Harlem's "Book Review" department.

Dr. Ida E. Jones is currently the Assistant Curator of Manuscripts at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and an adjunct professor in the Afro-American Studies Department at the Universityof Maryland at College Park. She holds a Ph.D. in American history. Her areas of interest revolve around African American religion, women and archives.

She has appeared on DC News channel 8, BBC radio and CSPAN. Dr. Jones is a consummate public scholar who seeks to inform the public about the gravity history and historical studies have on everyday life.

Dr. Jones is currently the National Director of the Association of Black Women Historians. In 2008, she co-edited “Emerging Voices and Paradigms,” with Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis. In 2009, she curated “Claiming Her Citizenship: Black Women in American History,” an online exhibition for the National Museum of Women’s History. Her first book “The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller” is due in March 2011.

Recent Articles

Movie Review: The Lena Baker Story

C-SPAN - Ain’t I a Woman: A Complicated Story of Women’s Suffrage in Black and White
In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of women gaining their Constitutional right to vote by the passage of the 19th Amendment, Dr. Jones moderates a discussion among scholars who talked about the women's suffrage movement and its impact on race and gender in the U.S.

C-SPAN - African-American History

Dr. Jones moderates a discussion where Participants spoke about the study of African-American history and the importance of preserving historically black sites and facilities across the country.

NPR - Black Women Historians Blast "The Help"

Jones speaks how The Help distorts, ignores and trivializes the experiences of Black domestic workers.

UStream.TV's The siSTARS Black Hollywood Weekly - Black Women Historians Blast "The Help" (after the commercial, move the time bar to about 41.00) Jones speaks how The Help distorts, ignores and trivializes the experiences of Black domestic workers.

Nov 2011 - April 2012 Print Issue
Serving the People

12/29/11 - 01/11/12

Black Memphis, Giving Visible Testament

11/01/12 - 11/14/12
American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of
Michelle Obama

03/21/13 - 04/03/13
Obama 2.0 & Carter G. Woodson

Upcoming Appearances

Just Released

The Heart of the Race Problem:

The Life of Kelly Miller

($25 plus $5 for shipping)


In this first comprehensive biography of Kelly Miller

(1863-1939) Jones reveals Dean Miller’s mammoth

figure in local and national news regarding race

matters of early 20th century America. An astute

thinker, founding member of the American Negro

Academy, friend and colleague of men and women

like Nannie Helen Burroughs, Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune and W.E.B. DuBois, Miller advocated for the fair treatment and civil rights of African Americans.

In this biography, Jones presents Miller’s life from a triangulated perspective: the private, the public and the polemic. These three aspects of Miller resulted in his being a daysman for the race. “A daysman was an Old Testament figure that sought to mediate opposing viewpoints into a harmonious good that benefited both parties,” explains Jones. 



2012 African History and Culture Lecture Series

Tue, Apr 2, 7p
Greenbelt Library
The Sister 6: Great Women Scholars at Howard University
Dr. Ida Jones