MAA News – AHA “Long Overdue” Initiative

The American Historical Association has recently launched the Long Overdue project as part of the Racist Histories and the AHA initiative. Long Overdue aims to publish obituaries for historians of color whose passing the AHA did not mark. You can read a full description of the project on the AHA website.

Long Overdue obituaries will honor those who fit these criteria:

  • Must have been a person of color
  • Must have been a working historian
  • Must have died after 1895
  • Did not receive an AHR or Perspectives obituary

The first Long Overdue essay was published in the January issue of Perspectives on History in January, honoring W. E. B. Du Bois. This and future essays can be read on the Perspectives website.

How MAA members can help:

Nominate: We welcome suggestions for historians who fit these criteria. (You can search our database to see if a historian was already included.)

Write: We are looking for writers to work with us on these short essays, which should be approximately 700 words and should be a historian’s appreciation of a fellow historian, including their influence on colleagues, institutions, their field, and the discipline.

Questions? Contact AHA managing editor Laura Ansley at

This entry was posted in MAA Newsletter. Bookmark the permalink.