About Omari Averette-Phillips

Omari Averette-Phillips is a Ph.D. student in History at UC Davis. An (African) Americanist, his research focuses on Black engagement with political and labor organizations in the U.S. South during Reconstruction. His research explores the intersection of race, gender, politics, and labor.

Omari Averette-Phillips is a doctoral student in the department of history at UC Davis. He can be reached at omariaverette@gmail.com.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Omari:

Robert K. D. Colby, "An Unholy Traffic: Slave Trading in the Civil War South" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 10, 2024

An Unholy Traffic

Robert K. D. Colby

The Confederate States of America was born in defense of slavery and, after a four-year struggle to become an independent slaveholding republic, died …

R. J. Boutelle, "The Race for America: Black Internationalism in the Age of Manifest Destiny" (UNC Press, 2023)

April 13, 2024

The Race for America

R. J. Boutelle

As Manifest Destiny took hold in the national consciousness, what did it mean for African Americans who were excluded from its ambitions for an expand…

Jonathan W. White, "Shipwrecked: A True Civil War Story of Mutinies, Jailbreaks, Blockade-Running, and the Slave Trade" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

March 15, 2024


Jonathan W. White

In Shipwrecked: A True Civil War Story of Mutinies, Jailbreaks, Blockade-Running, and the Slave Trade (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023), historian Jonathan…

Imani D. Owens, "Turn the World Upside Down: Empire and Unruly Forms of Black Folk Culture in the U.S. and Caribbean" (Columbia UP, 2023)

February 23, 2024

Turn the World Upside Down

Imani D. Owens

In the first half of the twentieth century, Black hemispheric culture grappled with the legacies of colonialism, U.S. empire, and Jim Crow. As writers…

Jennifer Sdunzik, "The Geography of Hate: The Great Migration through Small-Town America" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

February 9, 2024

The Geography of Hate

Jennifer Sdunzik

During the Great Migration, Black Americans sought new lives in midwestern small towns only to confront the pervasive efforts of white residents deter…

Ethel Morgan Smith, "Path to Grace: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement" (UP of Mississippi, 2023)

January 26, 2024

Path to Grace

Ethel Morgan Smith

The civil rights movement is often defined narrowly, relegated to the 1950s and 1960s, and populated by such colossal figures as Martin Luther King Jr…

Barbara D. Savage, "Merze Tate: The Global Odyssey of a Black Woman Scholar" (Yale UP, 2023)

December 3, 2023

Merze Tate

Barbara D. Savage

Born in rural Michigan during the Jim Crow era, the bold and irrepressible Merze Tate (1905–1996) refused to limit her intellectual ambitions, despite…

Marzia Milazzo, "Colorblind Tools: Global Technologies of Racial Power" (Northwestern UP, 2022)

July 29, 2023

Colorblind Tools

Marzia Milazzo

In Colorblind Tools: Global Technologies of Racial Power (Northwestern UP, 2022), Marzia Milazzo offers a transnational account of anti-Blackness and …

Stephen Bright and James Kwak, "The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts" (The New Press, 2023)

July 15, 2023

The Fear of Too Much Justice

Stephen Bright and James Kwak

Glenn Ford, a Black man, spent thirty years on Louisiana’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was released in 2014—and given twenty dollars—w…

Katherine C. Mooney, "Isaac Murphy: The Rise and Fall of a Black Jockey" (Yale UP, 2023)

July 2, 2023

Isaac Murphy

Katherine C. Mooney

Isaac Murphy, born enslaved in 1861, still reigns as one of the greatest jockeys in American history. Black jockeys like Murphy were at the top of the…

Lorenzo Costaguta, "Workers of All Colors Unite: Race and the Origins of American Socialism" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

June 3, 2023

Workers of All Colors Unite

Lorenzo Costaguta

As the United States transformed into an industrial superpower, American socialists faced the vexing question of how to approach race. Lorenzo Costagu…

Alvin J. Henry, "Black Queer Flesh: Rejecting Subjectivity in the African American Novel" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

May 13, 2023

Black Queer Flesh

Alvin J. Henry

Black Queer Flesh: Rejecting Subjectivity in the African American Novel (U Minnesota Press, 2021) reinterprets key African American novels from the Ha…

Cedric Johnson, "After Black Lives Matter:  Policing and Anti-Capitalist Struggle" (Verso, 2023)

May 4, 2023

After Black Lives Matter

Cedric Johnson

The historic uprising in the wake of the murder of George Floyd transformed the way Americans and the world think about race and policing. Why did it …

Joshua Myers, "Of Black Study" (Pluto Press, 2022)

April 15, 2023

Of Black Study

Joshua Myers

Joshua Myers considers the work of thinkers who broke with the racial and colonial logic of academic disciplinarity and how the ideas of Black intelle…

R. J. M. Blackett, "Samuel Ringgold Ward: A Life of Struggle" (Yale UP, 2023)

March 15, 2023

Samuel Ringgold Ward

R. J. M. Blackett

Born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Samuel Ringgold Ward (1817–c. 1869) escaped enslavement and would become a leading figure in the struggle for B…

Jovan Scott Lewis, "Violent Utopia: Dispossession and Black Restoration in Tulsa" (Duke UP, 2022)

March 5, 2023

Violent Utopia

Jovan Scott Lewis

In Violent Utopia: Dispossession and Black Restoration in Tulsa (Duke UP, 2022), Jovan Scott Lewis retells the history and afterlife of the 1921 Tulsa…

Leslie M. Alexander, "Fear of a Black Republic: Haiti and the Birth of Black Internationalism in the United States" (U Illinois Press, 2022)

February 27, 2023

Fear of a Black Republic

Leslie M. Alexander

The emergence of Haiti as a sovereign Black nation lit a beacon of hope for Black people throughout the African diaspora. Leslie M. Alexander’s study …

Gerald F. Goodwin, "Race in the Crucible of War: African American Servicemen and the War in Vietnam" (U Massachusetts Press, 2023)

February 19, 2023

Race in the Crucible of War

Gerald F. Goodwin

When African American servicemen went to fight in the Vietnam War, discrimination and prejudice followed them. Even in a faraway country, their milita…

Hannah Noel, "Deflective Whiteness: Coopting Black and Latinx Identity Politics" (Ohio State UP, 2022)

February 10, 2023

Deflective Whiteness

Hannah Noel

In Deflective Whiteness: Coopting Black and Latinx Identity Politics (Ohio State UP, 2022), Hannah Noel repositions Whiteness studies in relation to c…

Jonathan W. White, "To Address You as My Friend: African Americans' Letters to Abraham Lincoln" (UNC Press, 2021)

January 8, 2023

To Address You as My Friend

Jonathan W. White

Many African Americans of the Civil War era felt a personal connection to Abraham Lincoln. For the first time in their lives, an occupant of the White…

Matthew F. Delmont, "Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad" (Viking, 2022)

December 18, 2022

Half American

Matthew F. Delmont

Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Black troops were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge, serving in segregat…

Barbara Harris Combs, "Bodies Out of Place: Theorizing Anti-Blackness in U.S. Society" (U Georgia Press, 2022)

December 6, 2022

Bodies Out of Place

Barbara Harris Combs

Bodies Out of Place: Theorizing Anti-Blackness in U.S. Society (U Georgia Press, 2022) asserts that anti-Black racism is not better than it used to be…

Mario Nisbett, "The Workings of Diaspora: Jamaican Maroons and the Claims to Sovereignty" (Lexington Books, 2021)

November 3, 2022

The Workings of Diaspora

Mario Nisbett

Engaging the past, the present, and the future, The Workings of Diaspora: Jamaican Maroons and the Claims to Sovereignty (Lexington Books, 2021) shows…

Charles L. Chavis Jr., "The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2022)

September 22, 2022

The Silent Shore

Charles L. Chavis Jr.

On December 4, 1931, a mob of white men in Salisbury, Maryland, lynched and set ablaze a twenty-three-year-old Black man named Matthew Williams. His g…