Communications Media graduate Michael Williams ’03 has released his first book, Native Womb: Going Back to the Beginning.
The book is a reflective piece of how Michael found his biological family after having been adopted out into an entirely different family as a Ward of the Court of New York City’s Child Welfare System.
Michael (also known by his prose performance alias name Ray Michaels) has lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., for over five years building his professional career in the online higher education industry.
In his spare time, Michael is co-managing artistic director for the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh, helping to serve the educational and public communities in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, as an educational performance artist and lecturer.
He is the son of the late Freidman Bach Williams (adopted father) and Lorraine Steadman (adopted mother) and the late Jo-Ann Harth (biological mother) with seven siblings combined between both biological and adopted families.
From the publisher:
“Native Womb is a nonfiction faith-based memoir account of a miracle family reunion that brought an African-American family together after being abruptly separated from each other since 1979 by the decision of New York City’s Child Welfare System.
“The highlight of this amazing story focuses on the chance that a young African-American male had to successfully locate his biological mother after being separated from her for nearly eighteen years.
“Faith, hope, and courage has allowed this reunited family to face the truth about what happened and work together to heal from their painful family past.”
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