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Deadline: July 29th. DREF's Call for Papers for 2021 PHILLIS Journal

The DREF Sister Scholars Advisory Council has issued a Call for Papers for the 2021 edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women to address the theme: “Moving to the Other Side of the Mountain: Black Women’s Resolve in A Moment of Crisis.” Submissions can be in the form of a scholarly essay or personal narrative by July 29, 2020.

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Two members of the Sister Scholars Advisory Council: Pearl Ford Dowe, Ph.D. of Emory University and Keneshia Grant, Ph.D. of Howard University are serving as co-editors of the 2021 edition of PHILLIS.

The theme for the 2021 edition of PHILLIS- “Moving to the Other Side of the Mountain: Black Women’s Resolve in A Moment of Crisis” seeks to present scholarly opinions on the ways in which Black women utilize their resources in collaboration with allies to navigate a society that continuously presents challenges to their overall quality of life.  This moment of a global health pandemic and international protests of racial injustice has uncovered the inequities that disproportionally impact Black life in America. During these moments Black women have organized and mobilized as they sought to protect themselves and those in their communities. In addressing the theme, essays must state the issue, cite data to support the premise, and elaborate on how Black women are striving to move past the problem to the “other side,” where progress and improvement are being realized.

We seek manuscripts that consider the continuum of crises confronting Black women that are included in the following subject areas:

  • Black women and public health 
  • Black women and civic engagement
  • Black women as community organizers and leaders 
  • Black women in the workforce
  • Black women as social justice activists
  • Black women and mental health
  • Black women and the environment
  • Black women and education
  • Black women and the economy

Submissions are welcomed that address the following concerns and other issues related to the subjects listed above:

  • The disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19
  • The Flint, Michigan water crisis
  • Maternal mortality
  • Voter Suppression
  • Lack of equal access to the formal levers of power
  • Periods of chronic unemployment
  • The continued fight against police brutality
  • The unwarranted murder of unarmed Black people 


The Co-Editors invite original submissions of article-length manuscripts, information and documents that may appropriately be published in PHILLIS. Articles previously published are not acceptable. We publish articles from a wide range of areas—which include, but are not limited to, articles engaging culture, race, gender, class, nation, and/or sexuality. We are looking for lively, provocative essays that launch new inquiries or prompt intense and informed debate. We publish articles not only in areas of scholarship familiar to PHILLIS readers but in newly emergent fields relevant to people of African descent.


We do not request assignment of copyright from authors. Although the copyright and legal responsibility remains with the author, it is understood that the journal has non-exclusive right to publish the contribution and the  continuing right, without limit, to include the contribution as part of any reprinting of the issue and/or volume of the journal in which the contribution first appeared by any means and in any format, including computer-assisted  storage and readout, in which the issue and/or volume may be reproduced by the  publisher or by its licensed agencies. Correspondence concerning PHILLIS should be addressed to the current Co-Editor (s).


1. Articles should not exceed 20 manuscript pages, or 8,000 words. Type all copy—including reference list—double-spaced, allowing adequate margins on the top, bottom, and sides using 12pt Times Roman font.

2. The citation style for PHILLIS is Chicago. However, authors can submit their articles using the American Psychological Association or Modern Language Association styles. If the article is accepted, the authors must convert to Chicago Style, using endnotes and footnotes.  

3. A separate title page should include the article title and the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The first page of the manuscript should have the article title. The text should start 2 inches below the title. To protect anonymity, the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript, and all references in the body of the text that might identify the author to the reviewer should be removed. Articles that do not conform to these specifications will be returned.

4. Please check in advance for permission to use images and graphics.

5. All manuscripts are edited and subject to the established style-sheet of PHILLIS.

6. Upon abstract being accepted, authors are instructed to submit their manuscript via E-mail in two separate files: a title page with identifying information, and the manuscript in the second file. Please send as an MSWord (doc) attachment only. Do not send a PDF file.  Please submit to 

7. All articles published in PHILLIS are peer- reviewed. The Co-Editors and members of the Peer Review Panel will conduct the anonymous review. The author will be notified of the reviewer’s decision.

8. Abstracts must be submitted before full manuscript is submitted; deadline for submission of Abstract is July 29, 2020.

9. Manuscript submission deadline:  November 2, 2020.

VOICES: Personal Narratives

Women from varying demographics are invited to submit a personal narrative addressing the 2020 theme:  Moving to the Other Side of the Mountain:  Black Women’s Resolve in A Moment of Crisis.  The submission should be in the form of a personal story/testimony or an observation. The narrative must be written in first person and the maximum length is 500 words with double spacing.  Submissions for VOICES must be sent to by the deadline date of October 1, 2020.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Deborah Peaks Coleman
Director of Programs, Delta Research & Educational Foundation (DREF)
Managing Editor of PHILLIS Journal
1703 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20009
202-347-1337, ext. 228
202-590-0724 mobile



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