Interview with Dr. Lea Williams - History and Now

Angelena Castro

We sat down with Dr. Lea Williams, an author, educator, and historian living in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Williams describes how growing up in Paducah, Kentucky during the 1950’s was influential in her awakening her awareness of the importance of “giving back”.  She candidly speaks of the people and experiences that have shaped her life of public service and leadership. 

Lea Williams is an independent scholar and educator, living and working in Greensboro, North Carolina. Currently, she teaches ESOL classes at Guilford Technical Community College. Williams began her career in higher education at the United Negro College Fund headquarters and has served in senior administrative positions at Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University.  She was the executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Bennett College and the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, Inc.

Dr. Williams has written several books that highlight the importance of public service and leadership. As she notes in our conversation, today, we see a resurgence of grass roots leaders that are paving the way to change the course of American history. 


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