Dr. M. Billye Sankofa Waters
I am an interdisciplinary storytelling artist within a vastly rich Village of folx who uses several modalities to center narratives of the Black Diaspora to move further into God & liberation. I am a published author, researcher, writing coach, & workshop facilitator with 20+ years experience that began in the Chicago Public Schools; I am conventionally situated in Schools of Education as I primarily engage with how folx co-construct, embody, and share knowledges. I am politically Black, intersectionally woman, ethnically Chicago, generationally Hip Hop, biologically Tikar & radically American (since 1804 – C. Hale, Asé).
Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.
– bell hooks (1952 – 2021)