Distinguished Alumna of Tomorrow is an award of hope and promise. According to those who have known and worked with her at Marygrove, both are present in Briana Williams in abundance.
In describing Briana’s gifts, Professor Donald Levin says, “Her insights about literature are astute, and she articulates those insights in writing with grace and power.” Briana is a multiple winner of the Amy S. McCombs/Frederick P. Currier Writing Award. It is associated with the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. One of her essays examined the poetry of Elizabeth Alexander. The poems present an expansive view of what it means to be black in America countering those who believe there is only one way to be truly black.
In a contest sponsored by Chrysler LLC, Briana won the grand prize of a $5,000 scholarship for her essay, “The D and Me.” The essay describes her experience moving from Nashville, Tennessee to Detroit when she was 10 and how she came to know the city and erased the stereotypes she had when she arrived.