Call for Content: 2021 Edition

History will describe 2020 as a year wrought with systemic racism, public health disparities, and police brutality. Yet while African Americans experienced disproportionate health and economic disruption, Black community leaders and activists led a diverse coalition of millions of Americans to the streets to protest systemic injustices. The 2020-21 volume will take a deep dive into the present and future policies affecting the lives of African Americans. We will evaluate how Black activists, policymakers, and leaders have maintained democratic momentum during COVID-19, police brutality, and systemic racism.

HJAAP invites contributions related to systemic racism, COVID-19, and police brutality. We accept op-eds, research articles, interviews, book reviews, syllabi, art, and more. All questions, comments, and concerns can be directed to

We are accepting submissions until February 5th, 2021.

Submission Guidelines 

  • Submissions will be accepted now through February 5th, 2021
  • Please send your submissions to
  • All submissions must be author’s original work
  • All submissions must be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc format)
  • All submissions must be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style 
  • Citations must be submitted as endnotes. A Web link must accompany all citations for fact-checking
  • All submissions must include a cover letter with (1) author’s name, (2) mailing address, (3) e-mail address, (4) phone number, and (5) a brief biography of no more than 150 words 
  • Research articles should be 2,500 to 5,000 words in length and include a 100-word abstract
  • Commentaries should be 1,500 to 3,000 words in length
  • Book reviews should be 1,000 to 2,500 words in length and include a full citation for the book, including publisher and year of publication
  • Artwork and poetry submissions will be considered as well
  • All figures, tables, and charts must be clear, easy to understand, and submitted as separate file