DR.  S.  Y.  EVANS

Database of Black Women's Autobiography

Black Passports 

Travel Memoirs as Guides for Youth Empowerment (SUNY Press 2014)

Creative commentary on 200 African American autobiographies that contain travel memoirs about places around the world. Narratives by such well-known figures as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Billie Holiday, Maya Angelou, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Muhammad Ali, Richard Pryor, Angela Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and President Barack Obama, as well as by many lesser-known travelers. The book addresses a variety of issues related to mentoring and curriculum development. It serves as a tool for “literary mentoring,” where students can gain knowledge from texts, and it also provides ideas for incorporating these memoirs into lessons on history, geography, vocabulary, and writing.  [CLA BOOK REVIEW]

*Special thanks to Ms. Yvonne Nash and Dr. Moya Bailey for research assistance on the Black travel memoirs mapping project.

Google Interactive Travel Map 

Black Travel Memoirs is a map that locates historical and geographic information on Black world travelers found in the book Black Passports: (SUNY Press, 2014). The project maps locations of over 200 African American autobiographers who wrote international travel memoirs. This searchable resource is created as curriculum tool for teachers, researchers and mentors to enhance youth empowerment. 

Travel Memoirs