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Carmaletta Williams is of the fourth generation of Taylors who migrated from Tennessee as part of the

Exoduster Movement and is a third-generation Taylor born and raised in what is known as the 54 th Street

neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in

English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Ph. D. in English at the University of Kansas.

After retiring from Johnson County Community College as a Professor of English and African American

Studies, she taught English and the Culture of English Speaking Countries at Central China Normal

University. Among her published works are a study guide for the National Council of Teachers of English

High School literature series, Langston Hughes in the Classroom: Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me; co-

edited with John Edgar Tidwell My Dear Boy: Letters from Carrie Hughes to Langston Hughes 1926-1938;

a study guide for the Centennial Celebration of Langston Hughes at the University of Kansas; and a

children’s book, Jacine and Grandma’s Cane. She has also contributed book chapters and articles about

Hughes and other writers to the works of others. Recently she was honored with an Emmy@ award for

her portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston on Kansas City Public Television and Kansas City Public Library’s R.

Crosby Kemper, III’s program Meet the Past.