Alumni Lunch and Learn to feature noted columnist, Michael Paul Williams on July 22
July 8, 2020
Please join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for a Lunch and Learn Zoom presentation on Wednesday, July 22 featuring Michael Paul Williams, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He will discuss recent events surrounding Richmond, Virginia’s Monument Avenue as we move toward a city we can all be proud of.
Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., will make introductory remarks; associate professor and director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., will moderate. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session for audience questions. The event is open to all.
Title: Beyond the Monument: Crafting a Model for a Post-Racist Richmond
Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
About the Guest Speaker
Michael Paul Williams is a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the daily newspaper of Virginia’s capital. His columns run twice a week and are his take on the doings of local government, matters of social justice and how the unresolved issues of race, poverty and the past continue to inform and afflict Richmond.
His mission as a columnist — and people can debate the success — is to rouse Richmond from its complacency and give a voice to individuals and communities who feel unseen, unheard and unrepresented. He likes to tell the stories of people who embody the best in all of us, either by their works on behalf of our community or by overcoming significant challenges.
He is a Richmond native and graduate of Hermitage High School, Virginia Union University and Northwestern University. Since 1982, he has been on the staff of the Times-Dispatch and has been writing columns since 1992.