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Award-Winning Poet, Activist Caroline Randall Williams on Dark Moment in History

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Williams is the featured guest for Wayne State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute on Monday at 1 p.m.

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Caroline Randall Williams is an award-winning poet and activist. She’s a Writer-in-Residence of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University.

I think that when people pine for a great America, it’s a great America for those that are benefit from the people whose necks their standing on.” - Caroline Randall Williams

Williams is the featured guest for Wayne State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute on Monday at 1 p.m.

She recently spoke with WDET’s Stephen Henderson about how she views this moment in American history.


Listen: Poet and activist Caroline Randall Williams reflects on this dark moment in American history and what gives her hope


Because of lived experience and collective cultural memories, those of us who have been able to transcend the oppression of our ancestors are able to look back and retell the stories that were silenced in real-time,” Williams tells Henderson on Detroit Today. ”And I think what we saw at the Capitol was just more of the dregs of what happens when we don’t revisit the past in order to add more layers of context.”

I think that when people pine for a ’great’ America, it’s a great America for those that benefit from the people whose necks they’re standing on,” she says.

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