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In 1968 Lena Williams graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School.
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In 1972 Lena Williams received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University.
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In 1973 Lena Williams obtained a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.
(New York Times veteran Lena Williams candidly explores th...)
New York Times veteran Lena Williams candidly explores the everyday occurrences that strain racial relations, reaching a conclusion that "no one could disagree with" (The New York Times Book Review). Although we no longer live in a legally segregated society, the division between blacks and whites never seems to go away. We work together, go to school together, and live near each other, but beneath it all there is a level of misunderstanding that breeds mistrust and a level of miscommunication that generates anger. Now in paperback, this is Lena Williams's honest look at the interactions between blacks and whites-the gestures, expressions, tones, and body language that keep us divided. Frank, funny, and smart, It's the Little Things steps back from academia and takes a candid approach to race relations. Based on her own experiences as well as what she has learned from focus groups across the United States, Lena Williams does for the race what Deborah Tannen did for gender. Finally, we have a book that traverses the color lines to help us understand, and eliminate, the alarmingly common interactions that get under the skin of both blacks and whites.
In 1968 Lena Williams graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School. In 1972 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University. In 1973 Williams obtained a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.
Lena Williams served as a sports reporter for The Hilltop and for Howard University’s radio station, WHUR-FM. She reported on Howard’s historic NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship in 1971. Before joining The New York Times, Williams was associate editor of Allen Barron and Dick Edward’s pioneering Black Sports magazine. She joined The New York Times as a clerk in the sports department in March of 1974, where she was mentored by Red Smith, Dave Anderson, and Jim Tuitt. In August of 1976, she became a reporter trainee on the metropolitan desk.
In 1978, she transferred to the Westchester bureau as a correspondent. From 1980 to 1981, Williams was assigned to cover the state legislature in Albany, New York. In 1986, she was transferred to Washington, D.C. to establish a new civil rights beat. There, Williams covered the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the nomination struggles of Judge Clarence Thomas. Williams became a lifestyles reporter in 1998 but eventually returned to sports reporting. Retiring from The New York Times in 2005, she moved back to her native Washington, D.C.
Williams was a visiting journalist fellow at Duke University in 1993. She was a guest lecturer at Mary Washington College. As an author, she wrote It’s The Little Things: The Everyday Interactions That Get Under The Skin of Whites and Blacks (2000), published as It's the Little Things: The Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races (2001).
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Lena Williams is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newspaper Guild of New York.
Lena Williams is single.