The Delta Research and Educational Foundation invites you to share your VOICE in the 2015 Edition of PHILLIS

The next edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women, published by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation’s Center for Research on African American Women, will address the topic: “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement,” sharing scholarly essays and personal narratives on how African American women have contributed to the freedom struggle in America through civic engagment and activism since 1865 to present day. In addition to the scholarly essays, we welcome personal narratives that tell the stories of African American women who have worked on the local, regional, or national levels to gain equality, civil rights, and justice for their communities, for women, or for our race.

You are invited to submit a personal narrative in the VOICES section of the 2015 edition. Your essay, written in first person narrative, may tell your story or that of another woman whom you know from your family, your community, professionally or someone whom you have observed from their leadership or membership involvement in the abolition, women, civil or human rights movements. As the nation reflects upon the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War (1861-1865), the PHILLIS Journal also calls attention to other milestone anniversaries occurring in 2015:

  • The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • The 50th Anniversary of the death of Malcolm X
  • The Centennial Anniversary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Your submission may be a personal narrative about women who have made ardent strides (as members or leaders) in the Voting Rights/Voter Education or the Montgomery Bus Boycott movements or women who supported the human rights work and legacy of Malcolm X or women who have been engaged with upholding the mission of ASALH—founders of Black History Month.
Please adhere to the following guidelines for submissions to VOICES:

  1. Content must be based on factual information relating to your life or featured woman’s life
  2. Type submission using 12 point type and double spacing
  3. Length of narrative should be two to three pages; please do not exceed three pages
  4. Write story from first person perspective; it is your story to tell
  5. Email your narrative to by the deadline date of May 15, 2015

For more detailed information about PHILLIS, please visit