Hartford native, T'challa Williams is no stranger to theater. She has performed on stages since elementary school. As a published author and poet, this multifaceted artist is committed to creating and producing works of art. She has been painted by community artists, participated in fashion shows, co-host on a podcast entitled Unapologetically Speaking, dynamic host to her own Open Mic night, as well as facilitated workshops on the written word. For 2021 she joins the team of This Browne Girl Reads Book Club as the Poetry Book moderator for the year, a welcomed position for this avid book lover. We are proud to congratulate her on being honored in this year's class of the 100 Women of Color 2021!
T’challa is Executive Co-Founder of Hartford’s L.I.T, a literary organization composed of local artists and entrepreneurs. Hartford’s L.I.T. is committed to giving platform and voice to artists and youth within the Greater Hartford Community by curating and producing monthly literary events. Currently Hartford’s L.I.T. hosts a monthly book chat and has begun a writing series in conjunction with their other staples provided to the community. She is the Chairperson of the Hartford Public High School’s School Governance Council, member of the Artists Advisory Committee for the Greater Hartford Arts Council and a new member to the GHAC’s Board of Directors. T’challa continues her ties in the community with her title of Resiliency Bee Ambassador for the Project Resiliency Movement, and a member of The Mommy Fraternity organization.
T’challa appeared in five productions in 2019 and looks forward to performing again with Ruby’s Realm in the production, Snakes in the Grass for 2021. Lending the fire of her voice as a service at events like 2020 CT Peacefest, PowerUp Connecticut Rallies, Festivals in New Haven, The Artistic Congress held by the Long Wharf Theater of New Haven and the Elm City Lit Fest in the fall of 2020 was a welcome service to the people of the community. Hartford’s L.I.T. was able to convert their book festival into a streaming online event entitled All Things LIT Live in collaboration with the Hartford Public Library. This non-stop 9-hour event is still talked about by the library and community as a literary offering like no other. She is looking forward to Hartford’s L.I.T.’s 3rd Annual Hartford Book Festival in September 2021.
As she prepares to launch her publishing company, Wright Ink Productions, she continues to light up the stage and fire up the mic. Ever present in her community advocating for the rights of the people, you can always find her lending a hand and working to advance lives forward. “No one can tell our story better than us. Now is the time to boldly speak your truth!”