Rasheedah Phillips was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1984. She moved to Philadelphia at fourteen years old, the same year she became a mother. Four years later, Rasheedah graduated with honors from Abraham Lincoln High School in Northeast Philadelphia. She earned scholarships to Temple University where, in three years, she graduated Summa Cum Laude while working as a full-time parent and part-time employee. In 2008, Rasheedah earned her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. As an expert in subsidized housing law, she works as a managing attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. In 2011, Rasheedah created The AfroFuturist Affair, a grassroots organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting Afrofuturistic culture, art, and literature. Inspired by Afrofuturism, quantum physics, and African traditions of spatial-temporal consciousness, she established the Community Futures Lab, a collaborative art, ethnographic, and community outreach project focused on the Sharswood-Blumberg community of North Philadelphia.
Roger Eardley-Pryor earned his PhD in 2014 from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB, he became a National Science Foundation graduate fellow in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society. Prior to that, Roger earned his B.Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Ohio. As a historian of science, technology, and the environment, Roger taught courses at Portland State University, at Linfield College in Oregon, and at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington. From 2015-2018, Roger held a postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Center for Oral History at the Science History Institute. His work explored ways that twentieth and twenty-first-century scientists and engineers, culture-makers, and political actors have imagined, confronted, or cohered with nature at various scales, from the atomic to the planetary. Roger also co-designed, earned funding for, and managed the place-based oral history project titled “Imagining Philadelphia’s Energy Futures.” In 2018, Roger joined the Oral History Center in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
Rasheedah Phillips, interviewed by Roger Eardley-Pryor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2017. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0148RI. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/401vbux.
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