Our Founder

Our Founder

Ebony Olivia Lumumba is an associate professor of English at Jackson State University where she chairs the department and teaches courses in global and American literatures. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Mississippi, her Master of Arts in English from Georgia State University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

She is an active scholar with publications that include a chapter in From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Texts of Black Life; an article in the Eudora Welty Review titled “‘Caught in the act of living’”: Welty as a voyeur and witness of black life”; a chapter titled "The Matter Black Lives in American Literature: Eudora Welty's Non-Fiction and Photography" in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches; and a chapter titled “Demonstration of Life: Signifying for Social Justice in Eudora Welty’s ‘The Demonstrators’” in the recently published collection New Essays on Eudora Welty, Race, and Class. Her current project focuses on mother communities across the American South and Nigeria who resist oppression through nuanced and unconventional mothering practices.

Mothers Obtaining Justice and Opportunities (MOJO) is an extension of Ebony's deep-seated commitment to family, justice, and community. She believes that providing opportunities for mothers is justice and seeks to enact radical social change by building and strengthening mother communities. She endeavors to eradicate injustice one mama at a time. Ebony considers her family to be her greatest accomplishment. She is married to Chokwe Antar Lumumba. The couple has two daughters, Alaké and Nubia.