Imelda Hunt

A photo of Imelda Hunt

Part-Time Lecturer

Africology and African American Studies

620 Pray Harrold

734.487.3460

ihunt2@emich.edu

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Imelda Hunt has taught African American studies courses for more than twenty-five years. She holds a Ph.D. in American Culture from Bowling Green State University, with a major in African American Culture and Black Popular Culture. She also holds master's degrees in African American Theatre and American Culture, with an emphasis in African American Culture, from Bowling Green State University. She earned a bachelor's degree in education and communication from the University of Toledo.

Dr. Hunt is the founder of New Works Writers Series, a black theater and arts organization whose accomplishments include the first major poetry slam competition in northwest Ohio and dozens of productions, readings and workshops presented at venues like the Toledo Museum of Art and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She has been the recipient of several National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars grants.

In 2015 the City of Toledo recognized Dr. Hunt for many years of producing and directing plays inspired by black artists and authors in the community. She is also the recipient of many other awards for her scholarship and artistic talents.

Publications and Presentations

Books
  • Black Culture Traditions: Visible and Invisible. Cognella Academic Publishing: California, 2019
  • The History of Art Tatum, 19010-1932. ASA Publishing Corporation: Michigan, 2018
  • Does a Genius: A Tribute to Art Tatum. ASA Publishing Corporation: Michigan, 2017

Newspapers and Magazines

  • Poetry Consultant and Contributing Editor, "Black Issues Book Review," 1999 - present.
  • Near Us and Atlanta Black Arts Festival Declines, Michigan Chronicle 2001 and 2002

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Amiri Baraka, biography, Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000.
  • Black Panther Party, Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000.
  • Henry Highland garnet, Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000
  • Oscar Micheaux, biography, Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, 1996.

Poetry Publications

  • Just to Begin and Someone to Watch Over Me, poetry. Boochigoo, 1995. Barnes & Nobles Inc.
  • Forty and Over Children, poetry, Looking Glass, 1995 University of Toledo English Department Publication.
  • James Baldwin reflects Black Hope, poetry, Glass Review, 1994 University of Toledo Publication. Poem written for Bowling Green State University's 1993 Ethnic Studies Conference, in honor of one-time visiting professor James Baldwin.
  • Bearden's Harlem and Someone to Watch Over Me, poetry, Glass Review, 1993 University of Toledo Publication. Poems based on historical research from the lives of artist Romare Bearden and musician Art Tatum.
  • Our Memory, a review, Black Scholar, Winter, 1993. A book review with an original poem for Reconstructing Memory: black Literary Criticism, by Fred Lee Horde.

Mixed Media and Play Publications

  • James Baldwin. Artistic Director, Toledo Museum of Art, 2017. Researches the history of one of America's most popular African American writers and was presented as an original presentation and musical performance.
  • Muhammed Ali. Artistic Director, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016. Researches the history of one of America's most popular African American hero and was presented as an original slide, poetry and musical performance.
  • Family Dinner: A Mixed Media Presentation of Romare Bearden's Works. Artistic Director, Toledo Museum of Art, 1993. Researches the history of one of America's most popular African American painters and was presented as an original slide, poetry and musical performance.
  • Zola, a play directed by Audrey Flowers at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1992. Based on research from an historical examination of African American men's and women's relationships in America.
  • Slaves, A reader's theatre, directed by Imelda Hunt at Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, 1992. Bowling Green State University, 1991. Martin Luther King Center, Jr. Center for Performing Arts, Columbus, 1991. Scott Performing Arts Center, Toledo, 1990. Nominated for American Theater in Higher Education Lorraine Hansberry Contest, 1991. Major worked used for the research of the slave narratives was Belinda Hurmence's book My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk About Slavery.
  • Celebrating Tatum, a poetry performance, Murphy's Place, Toledo, Ohio, 1992 and 1993. Defiance College, Schomburg Theatre 1993. Based on the historical research of Art Tatum and the Toledo, Ohio community.
  • Choices, a play performed at Common Space Arts Consortium, Toledo, Ohio, 1989. Based on research of African American women alcoholics.
  • Black Silk Stockings, a play performed at Collingwood Arts Center, Toledo, Ohio, 1989. A historical play based on the research of three African American women, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Lorraine Hansberry.
  • Crucial Roots, a poetry publication of Third World Graduate Association, Bowling Green State University, 1989, 1990. Poems that chart the historical struggles of America's Third World people.

Production History

  • Self-Expression Teen Theatre. Production Director, Toledo, OH. 1986 - 1987.
  • Choices. Playwright and Director, Bowling Green State University, 1987.
  • Ride a Black Horse by John S. Scott. Director, Nathan Hale Auditorium, Toledo, 1987.
  • A Montage of One-Acts. Director, Common Space, Toledo, OH.1988.
  • Jasper the Drummin' Boy. Adapter and Director, Bowling Green State University Student Union, 1987.
  • New Works Series I. Director, Portside Theatre, Toledo, OH, 1988.
  • A Black Woman Speaks by Beah Richards. Director, Bowling Green State University 1988, 1990, and Kent Branch Library, Toledo, OH. 1991.
  • New Works Writers Series II. Director, Bijoux Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1989.
  • Slaves. Adapter and Director, Scott Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1989, Bowling Green State University, 1991.
  • Slaves. Director, Martin Luther King Performance Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio 1991
  • Slaves. Director, American Theatre in Higher Education's Lorraine Hansberry Contest, Kentucky, 1991.
  • New Work Writers Series III - Director, Art Tatum African American Resource Center, Toledo, OH. 1990.
  • Trees in the Attic. Playwright and Director, Playwrights' Forum, Bowling Green State University, 1990.
  • Dramatic Poetry Reading of Original Works. Performer, Colacelli, Toledo, OH. 1991.
  • New Works Writers Series IV. Director, Murphy's Bass Line Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1991.
  • Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Performance Director, Christian Community Church, Toledo, OH. 1991.
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Director, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. 1991.
  • Fences by August Wilson. Director, University of Toledo, Toledo, Oh. 1992.
  • Hospice by Pearl Cleage. Director, Murphy's Bass Line Theatre, Toledo, OH.1992.
  • Harlem Renaissance: A Quest for Identity. Director, Toledo Blackstage Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1992.
  • The Box by Daniel Owen. Director, Club 300 Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1993.
  • New Works Writers Series V. Director and performer, Murphy's Bass Line Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1993.
  • Comin' for to Carry me Home adapted by Imelda Hunt. Director, Christian Community Church, Toledo, OH. 1993.
  • The Piano Lesson by August Wilson. Director, Toledo Repertory Theater, Toledo, OH. 1994.
  • Anthology of Off-Broadway Plays by John Scott - assistant directed at Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. 1994.
  • New Works Writers Series VI and National African American Read-In - directed, coordinated and read original poem No Place to Be a Child, Art Tatum African American Resource Center, Toledo, OH. 1995.
  • For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Director and Producer, Business Owners and Professionals Club, Toledo, OH. 1995.
  • Spunk by George C. Wolfe. Producer and Director, Business Owners and professionals Club, Toledo, OH. 1995.
  • Brotherman. Adapter, Director and Producer, Business Owners and Professionals Club, Toledo, OH. 1995,
  • Soul Gone Home Langston Hughes and Black Silk Stockings by Imelda Hunt. Director and Producer, Club 300, Toledo, OH. 1996.
  • Amen Corner. Director and Producer, Club 300, Toledo, OH. 1996.
  • Poetry & Etc. Host and Developer, Ottawa Tavern, Toledo, OH. 1997 - 1998.
  • Poetry & Etc. Host, Peacock Cafe, Toledo, OH. 1998 - 2002.
  • The Resurrection of Malcolm X. Director, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. 1997
  • The Resurrection of Malcolm X. Director, February 1998; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. 1999.
  • The Resurrection of Malcolm X. Director, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, 2000, 2001.
  • Piano Lesson by August Wilson. Director and Producer, University of Toledo, 1999.
  • For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Director and Producer, The Valentine Studio Theater, Toledo, OH. 2000.
  • Black Silk Stockings by Imelda Hunt. Director, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, 2001.
  • Riff Raff by Laurence Fishburne. Director and Producer, The Valentine Studio Theater, 2002.
  • Gibbeted by Imelda Hunt. Director and Playwright, Bowling Green State University, 2016
  • Ruby Bridges adapted by Imelda Hunt, Canton Scholars Charter School, 2019.
  • Portraits of Art Tatum by Imelda Hunt, Toledo Museum of Art, 2019.

Papers Read To Professional Societies:

  • "What is Racism?" presented by the Africology and Africa American Studies Department of Eastern Michigan University. Expert panelist and presenter, 2019.
  • "Sepia Theatre in Toledo, Ohio"- BGSU Battle Ground States Cultural Conference, invited BGSU. This presentation exam the impact of urban centers on the Black Arts movement during the 1960s and 70s by specifically tracing the history of the Sepia Theater in Toledo, Ohio.
  • "Resurrection of Malcolm X: The Historical Text" -Black Theatre Network, invited Winston Salem, NC, 2001. A multi-media presentation on creating drama for the stage from historical text through a multi-discipline collaboration, 2001.
  • "The Challenges of Charter School Administration" - "Education and the New Millennium: Charging into the 21st Century," invited University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999.
  • "Near Us: Taverns as Nontraditional Theater Space"- "Representing Ethnicity in the Arts," invited Bowling Green State University, The Twenty -Third Annual Conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and The Midwest American Culture Association, 1996.
  • "Art Tatum and the Culture of the Blind" –The Twenty -Third Annual Conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and The Midwest American Culture Association, invited Bowling Green State University, 1996
  • "African American Community Directors" - National Conference on African American Theatre, invited Baltimore, Md., 1994. The history and role of the African American community director, with a panel discussion composed of scholars and directors, Katana Hall, Ludeana Thomas, and Buddy Butler.
  • "African American Community Theatre in Northwest Ohio" - Black Theatre Network, invited Chicago Ill., 1994. Presented the history and role of African American community theatre from 1965 to present in Toledo and the surrounding area.
  • "Juke Joints" - Popular Culture Conference of Northwest Ohio, invited Cleveland, Ohio, 1991. The history and the development of the "juke joint" in America, with examples from popular film and dramatic performances.
  • "Nzingha Still Sings" - Women's Studies Conference, invited Bowling Green State University, 1992. Presented an original collection of poetry from the history of black women in Africa to the present, with original music.

Books

 

Black Culture Traditions: Visible and Invisible. Cognella Academic Publishing: California, 2019  

 

The History of Art Tatum, 19010-1932. ASA Publishing Corporation: Michigan, 2018

 

Does a Genius: A Tribute to Art Tatum. ASA Publishing Corporation: Michigan, 2017

 

 

Newspapers and Magazines

 

Poetry Consultant and Contributing Editor, “Black Issues Book Review," 1999 - present.

 

Near Us and Atlanta Black Arts Festival Declines, MichiganChronicle 2001 and 2002

 

Encyclopedia Articles

 

Amiri Baraka, biography, Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000.

 

Black Panther Party, Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000.

 

Henry Highland garnet, Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000

 

Oscar Micheaux, biography, Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, 1996.

 

Poetry Publications

 

Just to Begin and Someone to Watch Over Me, poetry. Boochigoo, 1995. Barnes & Nobles Inc.

 

Forty and Over Children, poetry, Looking Glass, 1995 University of Toledo English Department Publication.

 

James Baldwin reflects Black Hope, poetry, Glass Review, 1994 University of Toledo Publication. Poem written for Bowling Green State University's 1993 Ethnic Studies Conference, in honor of one-time visiting professor James Baldwin.

 

Bearden's Harlem and Someone to Watch Over Me, poetry, Glass Review, 1993 University of Toledo Publication. Poems based on historical research from the lives of artist Romare Bearden and musician Art Tatum.

 

Our Memory, a review, Black Scholar, Winter, 1993. A book review with an original poem for Reconstructing Memory: black Literary Criticism, by Fred Lee Horde.

 

Mixed Media and Play Publications

 

James Baldwin. Artistic Director, Toledo Museum of Art, 2017. Researches the history of one of America's most popular African American writers and was presented as an original presentation and musical performance.

 

Muhammed Ali. Artistic Director, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016. Researches the history of one of America's most popular African American hero and was presented as an original slide, poetry and musical performance.

 

Family Dinner: A Mixed Media Presentation of Romare Bearden's Works. Artistic Director, Toledo Museum of Art, 1993. Researches the history of one of America's most popular African American painters and was presented as an original slide, poetry and musical performance.

 

Zola, a play directed by Audrey Flowers at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1992. Based on research from an historical examination of African American men's and women's relationships in America.

 

Slaves, A reader's theatre, directed by Imelda Hunt at Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, 1992. Bowling Green State University, 1991. Martin Luther King Center, Jr. Center for Performing Arts, Columbus, 1991. Scott Performing Arts Center, Toledo, 1990. Nominated for American Theater in Higher Education Lorraine Hansberry Contest, 1991. Major worked used for the research of the slave narratives was Belinda Hurmence's book My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk About Slavery.

 

Celebrating Tatum, a poetry performance, Murphy's Place, Toledo, Ohio, 1992 and 1993. Defiance College, Schomburg Theatre 1993. Based on the historical research of Art Tatum and the Toledo, Ohio community.

 

Choices, a play performed at Common Space Arts Consortium, Toledo, Ohio, 1989. Based on research of African American women alcoholics.

 

Black Silk Stockings, a play performed at Collingwood Arts Center, Toledo, Ohio, 1989. A historical play based on the research of three African American women, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Lorraine Hansberry.

 

Crucial Roots, a poetry publication of Third World Graduate Association, Bowling Green State University, 1989, 1990. Poems that chart the historical struggles of America's Third World people.

 

 

Production History

 

Self-Expression Teen Theatre. Production Director, Toledo, OH. 1986 - 1987.

 

Choices.  Playwright and Director, Bowling Green State University, 1987.

 

Ride a Black Horse by John S. Scott. Director, Nathan Hale Auditorium, Toledo, 1987.

 

A Montage of One-Acts. Director, Common Space, Toledo, OH.1988.

 

Jasper the Drummin' Boy.  Adapter and Director, Bowling Green State University Student Union, 1987.

 

New Works Series I. Director, Portside Theatre, Toledo, OH, 1988.

 

A Black Woman Speaks by Beah Richards. Director, Bowling Green State University 1988, 1990, and Kent Branch Library, Toledo, OH. 1991.

 

New Works Writers Series II. Director, Bijoux Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1989.

 

Slaves. Adapter and Director, Scott Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1989, Bowling Green State University, 1991.

 

Slaves. Director, Martin Luther King Performance Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio 1991

 

Slaves. Director, American Theatre in Higher Education's Lorraine Hansberry Contest, Kentucky, 1991.

 

New Work Writers Series III - Director, Art Tatum African American Resource Center, Toledo, OH. 1990.

 

Trees in the Attic. Playwright and Director, Playwrights' Forum, Bowling Green State University, 1990.

 

Dramatic Poetry Reading of Original Works. Performer, Colacelli, Toledo, OH. 1991.

 

New Works Writers Series IV. Director, Murphy's Bass Line Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1991.

 

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Performance Director, Christian Community Church, Toledo, OH. 1991.

 

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Director, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. 1991.

 

Fences by August Wilson. Director, University of Toledo, Toledo, Oh. 1992.

 

Hospice by Pearl Cleage. Director, Murphy's Bass Line Theatre, Toledo, OH.1992.

 

Harlem Renaissance: A Quest for Identity. Director, Toledo Blackstage Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1992.

 

The Box by Daniel Owen. Director, Club 300 Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1993.

 

New Works Writers Series V. Director and performer, Murphy's Bass Line Theatre, Toledo, OH. 1993.

 

Comin' for to Carry me Home adapted by Imelda Hunt. Director, Christian Community Church, Toledo, OH. 1993.

 

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson. Director, Toledo Repertory Theater, Toledo, OH. 1994.

 

Anthology of Off-Broadway Plays by John Scott - assistant directed at Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. 1994.

 

New Works Writers Series VI and National African American Read-In - directed, coordinated and read original poem No Place to Be a Child, Art Tatum African American Resource Center, Toledo, OH. 1995.

 

For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Director and Producer, Business Owners and Professionals Club, Toledo, OH. 1995.

 

Spunk by George C. Wolfe. Producer and Director, Business Owners and professionals Club, Toledo, OH. 1995.

 

Brotherman. Adapter, Director and Producer, Business Owners and Professionals Club, Toledo, OH. 1995,

 

Soul Gone Home Langston Hughes and Black Silk Stockings by Imelda Hunt. Director and Producer, Club 300, Toledo, OH. 1996.

 

Amen Corner. Director and Producer, Club 300, Toledo, OH. 1996.

 

Poetry & Etc.  Host and Developer, Ottawa Tavern, Toledo, OH. 1997 - 1998.

 

Poetry & Etc.  Host, Peacock Cafe, Toledo, OH. 1998 - 2002.

 

The Resurrection of Malcolm X.  Director, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. 1997

 

The Resurrection of Malcolm X. Director, February 1998; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. 1999.

 

The Resurrection of Malcolm X. Director, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, 2000, 2001.

 

Piano Lesson by August Wilson. Director and Producer, University of Toledo, 1999.

 

For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Director and Producer, The Valentine Studio Theater, Toledo, OH.  2000.

 

 

Black Silk Stockings by Imelda Hunt. Director, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, 2001.

 

Riff Raff by Laurence Fishburne. Director and Producer, The Valentine Studio Theater, 2002.

 

Gibbeted by Imelda Hunt. Director and Playwright, Bowling Green State University, 2016

 

Ruby Bridges adapted by Imelda Hunt, Canton Scholars Charter School, 2019.

 

Portraits of Art Tatum by Imelda Hunt, Toledo Museum of Art, 2019.

 

Papers Read To Professional Societies:

 

“What is Racism?” presented by the Africology and Africa American Studies Department of Eastern Michigan University. Expert panelist and presenter, 2019.

 

“Sepia Theatre in Toledo, Ohio”- BGSU Battle Ground States Cultural Conference, invited BGSU. This presentation exam the impact of urban centers on the Black Arts movement during the 1960s and 70s by specifically tracing the history of the Sepia Theater in Toledo, Ohio.

 

“Resurrection of Malcolm X: The Historical Text” -Black Theatre Network, invited Winston Salem, NC, 2001. A multi-media presentation on creating drama for the stage from historical text through a multi-discipline collaboration, 2001.

 

“The Challenges of Charter School Administration” - "Education and the New Millennium: Charging into the 21st Century,” invited University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999.

 

 

“Near Us: Taverns as Nontraditional Theater Space”- "Representing Ethnicity in the Arts," invited Bowling Green State University, The Twenty -Third Annual Conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and The Midwest American Culture Association, 1996.

 

“Art Tatum and the Culture of the Blind” –The Twenty -Third Annual Conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and The Midwest American Culture Association, invited Bowling Green State University, 1996

 

 

“African American Community Directors” - National Conference on African American Theatre, invited Baltimore, Md., 1994. The history and role of the African American community director, with a panel discussion composed of scholars and directors, Katana Hall, Ludeana Thomas, and Buddy Butler.

 

“African American Community Theatre in Northwest Ohio” - Black Theatre Network, invited Chicago Ill., 1994. Presented the history and role of African American community theatre from 1965 to present in Toledo and the surrounding area.

 

“Juke Joints” - Popular Culture Conference of Northwest Ohio, invited Cleveland, Ohio, 1991. The history and the development of the "juke joint" in America, with examples from popular film and dramatic performances.

 

“Nzingha Still Sings” - Women's Studies Conference, invited Bowling Green State University, 1992. Presented an original collection of poetry from the history of black women in Africa to the present, with original music.

Grants, Honors and Awards

Community Honors:
  • 2019 Africology and African American Studies Department, Service Award
  • 2016 BRAVO Teaching Excellence Washtenaw College
  • 2015 People's Choice Awards "The Arts"
  • 2015 Resolution from Toledo City Council "The Next Level Community Awards"
  • 2007 President of the GLEA & WEA Board of Education
  • 2002, Toledo Pioneer Award, Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • 1997, Ten Years' Service Award Community Theatre in Northwest Ohio
  • 1996, Top Instructor University of Toledo Excel Program
  • 1995, Ghana Foundation Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Mistress Of Ceremonies
  • 1994, Save Our Children Award in Drama and Writing
  • 1993, Upward Bound Participation Award, Service Award
  • 1992, Upward Bound Certificate of Appreciation Award
  • 1992, Toledo Lucas County Volunteer Award
  • 1992, Certificate of Appreciation Greek Stomp Show Judge
  • 1991, Guest Speaker, Delta Sorority Christmas Banquet
  • 1991, Ghanaian Foundation Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest, Mistress Of Ceremonies
  • 1990, 2002, Academic, Cultural, Technical, Social Olympics (NAACP) judge
  • 1989, Agape Word Youth Minister
  • 1988, Self-Expression Teen Theatre