Dr. Anne C. Bailey is a writer, historian, and professor of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York). In her works of non-fiction, she combines elements of travel, adventure, history, and an understanding of contemporary issues with an accessible style. She is a US citizen who grew up in Jamaica, WI and in Brooklyn, New York. Bailey is committed to a concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current and contemporary issues. She is also concerned with the reconciliation of communities after age old conflicts like slavery, war and genocide. Her non-fiction book, African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame (Beacon Press, 2005) and her current work, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (Cambridge University Press, 2017), reflect that commitment.
Bailey is also committed to sharing her work with the public at various events. Of note, on March 18, 2015, she was invited to speak at the United Nations on the occasion of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. She shared her research, writing and other professional experiences with NGOs that are affiliated with the United Nations. In so doing, she was able to honor the lives and contributions of enslaved black Americans and others in the African Diaspora.