Caleb Gayle is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a professor at Northeastern University. He is the author of the book We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power (Riverhead Books, 2022), which offers a narrative account of how many Black Native Americans were divided and marginalized by white supremacy in America. It was longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award and was named a finalist both the Oklahoma Book Award and the Hurston Wright Foundation Legacy Award for Historical Nonfiction.
Through the WWG Fellowship, Caleb will be working on his latest project, PUSHAHEAD about the true-life story of a Black politician, Edward McCabe, and the thousands of other Black people who tried to make Oklahoma into an all-Black state. The story will span from the period of Reconstruction to a modern-day accounting of McCabe’s legacy.
Anna Colletto is a junior studying journalism and political science at the University of Missouri.