NEW! Listen to Rita Williams in a 3-min. audio clip from her 56-min. conversation.
Rita Williams came of age in the rugged mountain terrain of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. By age four, her father had left the family and her mother had died, leaving Rita to be raised and cared for by her aunt Daisy, the last surviving African American widow of a Civil War union soldier. In her memoir - If the Creek Don't Rise: My Life Out West With the Last Black Widow of the Civil War - praised by Oprah in O Magazine - she tells all. A former actress, musician, and college professor, she is a thesis advisor for the Master of Professional Writing Program at the Univ. of Southern California.
In her "live" conversation, Rita talks about her highly unusual life, what is was like to be raised by a Civil War Widow, how she ended up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Julie Harris, skiing, hunting and learning ballet at Perry-Mansfield Arts Camp, and more.
Rita's conversation is so rich in content and spirit. She soars with creativity and advice.
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