Thabiti Lewis is Professor of English and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author of Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America (2010), the editor of Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara (University of Mississippi Press, 2012), a collection of Bambara’s important interviews, and the author of Black People Are My Business: Toni Cade Bambara’s Practices of Liberation (2020). Lewis is also the co-director and co-producer with Pavithra Narayanan of the documentary film, Bam! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (2019). As a literary critic, Lewis engages critical race theory and feminism. Lewis has been focused on re-examining the Black Arts moment, as well as using sports culture to help people better understand, become aware of, and eliminate racism in our society.