Williams speaks at conference closing
Hush Now, Baby by the regional conference closing meeting speaker Angela Williams, tells how Williams grew up in the segregated South, with a family employee, Eva Aiken, largely rearing her and loving her unabashedly. Aiken was the central figure in Williams’ life from her birth until the day she married.
Williams’ roots have remained deep in the Low Country of South Carolina, where Eva Aiken’s strength and values permeated her life. A middle child, early on Williams loved words and reading. At Queens College she began writing about Eva, who called her “Baby.” After graduate school at Duke, she taught English from the California coast to the Maryland shore, finally at the Citadel, where she taught for 20 years, writing snippets of Eva along the way.
Now a personal/professional coach and speaker, Williams, through her book and speeches, reflects on Aiken’s influence on her life, of civil rights issues and the subsequent embarrassment that she knew so little, did so little. The urge to do something, if nothing more than reach back to touch the Eva wisdom, resulted in the publication of Hush Now, Baby, a coming-of-age story that brings to the forefront issues long hushed in Southern culture.
Angela Williams shares her compelling personal story.