Whitney A. Spencer was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but now calls the South Side of Chicago home. She recently completed a MA in Critical Ethnic Studies at DePaul University, where her multimedia thesis project focuses on the culturally centered, community generated intellectual practices of Black and brown activists in Chicago. Whitney is currently open to new opportunities that she hopes will allow her to continue to use storytelling and education to examine the broader culture – to evoke an exercise of the senses.
Whitney was a 2018 TEDxDePaulUniversity featured speaker with her talk, Reimagining the Intellectual. Most recently, she served as an intern at Kartemquin Films under the accomplished documentary filmmaker, artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin, Gordon Quinn and was selected by 2019 Chaz Ebert as a Robert Ebert Sundance Fellow. Whitney is a visual storyteller, focused on mastering the creative tools necessary in order to reshape the understanding of the visual, cultural and intellectual aesthetics of self-defined Blackness. Her mediums include filmmaking, graphic design, social justice education, digital media organizing, and public speaking.
She strives to create in the tradition of the great Octavia Butler:
“Tell stories filled with facts. Make people touch and taste and know. Make people Feel! Feel! Feel!”