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Poet and WSU Africana Studies Chair Melba Joyce Boyd profiled in BLAC Magazine

August 6, 2014

In her role as professor and chair of Africana Studies at Wayne State University, Melba J. Boyd helps facilitate the exchange of knowledge so Detroiters of all colors may think outside their cultural comforts. But in the pursuit of a city vibrant in fine artistry, she explains, we cannot overlook a basic need for people to feed themselves. "My dream for Detroit is for full, viable employment for its citizens," says Boyd. "I'm more concerned about what is essential for the people. Poetry is thriving in Detroit." Boyd is the author of 13 books on the subjects of politics, poetry, Dudley Randall and other literary showcases of prose. And her book, Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press (Columbia University Press) received the 2005 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Book Honor for Nonfiction.