Dr. Kimmika L.H. Williams-Witherspoon
Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Ph.D (Anthropology), M.A. Anthropology, MFA (Theater),Graduate Certificate)Women's Studies, B.A. (Journalism); is an Associate Professor in the Theater Department at Temple University. A 2001 Independence Foundation Theater Communications Group Grant, the 2000 winner of the PEW Charitable Trust $50,000 fellowship in scriptwriting, and the 1999, winner of the DaimlerChrysler "Spirit of the Word" National Poetry Competition (Seattle) at the Unity'99 Conference, Kimmika Williams has also been the recipient of a host of awards and honors, including: the DaimlerChrysler Regional Poetry Contest (Philadelphia), the 1996, Lila Wallace Creative Arts Fellowship with the American Antiquarian Society and a two-time returning playwright with the Minneapolis Playwrights' Center and Pew Charitable Trusts Playwrights Exchange. Williams was, at one time, Arts Producer for public radio, WXPN-88.5, reporter and columnist with the Philadelphia Tribune and television editor for the Chicago-based "Maceba Affairs Media Review Magazine. As a journalist, Williams' articles and essays have appeared in the "Hammer" Journal,"Dialogue", the Philadelphia REAL NEWS, POETS & WRITERS Magazine, THE OTHER SIDE, the New York GUARDIAN NEWSWEEKLY, the DAILY MUSE, BLACK AMERICA MAGAZINE, PHILLY BEAT, HIGH PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE and the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. In 1986, she was commended for outstanding journalism by the Philadelphia Veterans Administration. Her stage credits include, "From Brillo Pads To Feminine Pads: Raw Abrasives", "A Product of Pop Culture and Pissed", "Nappy Truth", "Common Folk", "A CHAINED FOOT STUMBLING ON A NEW WORLD", "GUMBO", "WE THE PEOPLE","IZZY","THE BLACK DIAMOND" and "WHERE WERE YOU IN '65".
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Lois Moses, Esquire
Lois Moses, Esquire is a native of Philadelphia, and a graduate of LaSalle University’s Masters Program in Psychology. She also holds both a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a law degree from Temple University (with a concentration in Transactional Law). She is also the Co-founder and Chief Administrative Officer of Sankofa Academy Charter School, the first African-centered charter school in Chester County, Pennsylvania. While at Temple, Mrs. Moses was founder and co-editor of BLSA Speaks, a newsletter that sought to empower the Temple African-American law students’ voice. She was the Political Social Awareness Committee Chair for the Black Student Law Association (BLSA) from 1995-1997. Her honors and awards included: Dean’s List for 1997; Outstanding BLSA Member 1995; and the Lena Hale Award 1997— for outstanding contribution to the law school community.
As an actress, Mrs. Moses has toured and performed extensively throughout the United States with Kuntu Repertory Theater in Pittsburgh and the National Black Author’s Tour in Philadelphia, in addition to performing an off-Broadway run of Lady of Fadima. During her enrollment in UCLA’s Masters Program, she was a merit scholarship recipient, Dean’s List honoree, and a finalist in the Hugh O’Brien Awards. Mrs. Moses has been an Acting Instructor and Playwright/Director at Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Moreover, as a member of the acclaimed Actor’s Studio, since 1990, Lois has studied under actors such as Martin Landau and Shelly Winters.
As a poet, she has self-published and three collections of poetry entitled, Not Just Another…Black/Woman, Missing Pages…(Women Behind the Glass Door), A Timely Trinity and a Self-titled spoken word CD. Her work speaks to and highlights the history of African women’s journeys to/experiences in/and stories of America. Using her theatrical, musical and dance background, Lois creatively combines these various art forms to produce a powerful medium of performance art. She has performed with nationally reknown poets/artists/musicians such as Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Kimmika L. H. Williams, Regie Gibson, and Jill Scott to mention a few. As an outreach/extension of her poetry, Mrs. Moses conducts motivational workshops for women and men, geared toward addressing the necessity of healing and self-evaluation.
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