About Me — William Spivey
I’d rather write a 2,500-word essay on a historical subject than 500 about myself. That said, there are a few things I’d have, you know. I am a combination of contradictions, humble and arrogant, quiet but cocky, opinionated but entirely without an opinion depending on the subject. The one thing anyone who knows me would agree on is that I love to write. It’s the only way to get out the thoughts that would otherwise allow me no sleep at night.
I’m excited that I’m a published author, contributing a chapter in; “Fieldnotes On Allyship: Achieving Equality Together,” which is available at Amazon. I credit the editors for making me sound intelligent, and they agree with me that they have. I have also written an essay for the publication; Our Human Family: Issue 2 and have manuscripts for two historical fiction/sci-fi novels that sneak in a whole lot of history most people don’t know.
What I mostly write about are the issues of politics, history, race, and education. I was blessed to have attended Fisk University, where I was surrounded by the murals of Aaron Douglas, the premier artist of the Harlem Renaissance who was on the Fisk faculty at the time. Other famous Fisk instructors have included; W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, and L.M.Collins. Would that I have latched onto all the knowledge surrounding me while I was an undergraduate, but I was more concerned with playing basketball and other pursuits.
I must have absorbed something by osmosis because I developed a love of history and politics. Dr. Collins wielded a mean red editing pencil and pushed me to enter a university-wide essay contest on “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education.” I won the $200 cash prize, which was big money those days. The lasting memory was the proud look on Dr. Collins's face when handing me the envelope.
After that point, I wrote for my own pleasure with being published far from my mind. Now I write to try to make a difference. To educate those that have been misled and to share my opinions on matters of importance. On occasion, I might mock a politician or try my hand at satire.
My most widely read piece is about the history of the forced breeding of enslaved people in America, which has been viewed by over 518,000 people over the last year. Anyone wishing to support my work can contribute at https://ko-fi.com/williamfspivey0680.