Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, PhD Bennett High school Grad, Daughter of UB Professor, Named McArthur Fellow

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, PhD, a graduate of Bennett High School and currently a  professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University,  has been named a 2021 MacArthur  Fellow.  Regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for intellectual and artistic achievement  the award, commonly known as the “genius grant,” carries a $625,000 stipend, paid in quarterly installments over five years with no strings attached on how recipients can spend the money.

 She is the daughter of Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr PhD, Director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning; Keeanga-Yamatta is   the daughter of   Dr.   Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr PhD, Director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. 

A historian and writer, she  is author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, a semi-finalist for a National Book Award for nonfiction and a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer in History.

Taylor’s book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction in 2018.

She is a contributing writer and columnist for The New Yorker. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and Jacobin, among other media outlets.