In the wake of George Floyd’s death, two of us began to discuss the problem of inequitable citation practices and how moments of social injustice are often written about and cited by our White colleagues. Black scholars are not published or cited enough within academic spaces to truly shift the narrative of this time. We realized that there are ways to achieve equitable citation – but that the time required for academics to implement those solutions on an individual basis is a barrier to widespread adaptation. If we really wanted to see a change in the behavior of others, we would have to make it easier to quantify and equilibrate representation in citation lists. From there, the idea of an easily accessed, searchable database of Black authored work was born. A grassroots team was assembled through word of mouth and professional networks to make this happen.
For more information on WHY each of us decided to join this project, read about the foundation of CBA.