Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Pie

I don’t recall another time in my life when I have talked with so many White people about race, racism, and oppression in the United States as I have since the summer of 2020. I have shared glimpses of my experiences with racism as a Black man. 

Likewise, White friends have shared their most-guarded thoughts about their racial privilege, their silent complicity when racial stereotypes were espoused in their presence, or their internal conflict between speaking against racism at the risk of losing the favor of friends, family, or coworkers.

And they have shared their commitment to moving through the ally continuum, from ally to accomplice to coconspirator.

Throughout 2020, I knew I was in the midst of a singular moment in my life, and if I did not stop to embrace and capture the moment, I would lose the message and the full flavor of the wisdom gained. . . . .


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Dr. William T. Lewis

Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr., nationally recognized diversity and inclusion thought leader, and entrepreneur is an advisor and consultant to university presidents, and small to mid-size business leaders.
Lewis is founder and president of WillHouse Global, a firm that help companies win!

Lewis is the host of the Beyond Color Blind Podcast and is a master facilitator of Brave Conversations.  

As a former Chief Diversity Officer, Lewis has led diversity and inclusion efforts at three highly acclaimed colleges and universities-- Indiana University, Bridgewater State University and Virginia Tech University.

Lewis formerly served as the Special Consultant to the President for Belonging, Equity and Inclusion at Forsyth Technical Community College. Lewis served as a co-founder of CoopLew (2016-2021).

Lewis serves the community of Winston Salem, as an advisory board member of the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), an initiative of the Winston Salem Foundation. Lewis also serves his twelve years old son's business, Cam's Coffee Co, shop.camscoffeeco.com, as the Chief Executive Gopher (CEG). Cam's was created to provide supportive employment for individuals with disabilities.

Lewis earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He holds a master’s degree in social work (MSW). He has dedicated his entire professional life to living the spirit of his social work background by "providing a voice for the voiceless and creating inclusive spaces for each person to reach their full potential.”

Lewis proudly served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves (1990-1996).


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Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Pie?

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Randle, Aaron. 2018. "Sweet Potato vs. Pumpkin: The intense Thanksgiving pie rivalry you never knew existed." The Kansas City Star. 20 November. Accessed November, 2020. https://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/chow-town/article221670310.html.

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