Maryemma Graham, PhD

Year Inducted


Career Field



  • Founder and Director of the Project on the History of Black Writing
  • Director of Langston Hughes International Symposium at KU and Founder/Director of the Langston Hughes National Poetry Project
  • President of the Toni Morrison Society and chair of her Princeton University 75th birthday party
  • Editor of numerous seminal collections of works on African American writers
  • Credited with revitalizing and restructuring the October Conference
  • John Hope Franklin Fellow, National Humanities Center
  • KU Distinguished Professor