Coordinator, Documentary Diversity Project
1317 W. Pettigrew St. L200
William (he/him/his) is a proud Durham native and self-described book blerd (please come talk with him about Octavia E. Butler and other Afrofuturist/Black speculative matters). He holds a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African-American studies, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. Curiosity and a wandering nature have led him to a range of work settings over the years—a gym, an elementary school, and an oral history-based center to name a few. Now, at CDS, he coordinates the Documentary Diversity Project (DDP), an effort to build pathways for more people of color to engage with the documentary arts—photography, film, video, writing, audio, experimental and new media, etc.—and to become nonfiction storytellers, gatekeepers, and critical consumers. His responsibilities include coordinating support for both emerging and more-established documentary artists of color in residence at the center. He spends probably too much of his spare time in various Durham thrift stores and establishments collecting books and amusements that he doesn’t really have room for but loves nonetheless. He also works at Letters Bookshop and hopes to one day open a shop in Durham specializing in Black speculative fiction.