Mariam Williams is a writer, arts educator, and public historian living in Philadelphia, raised in Kentucky. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden and is also a proud VONA alumna. See more of her work at or follow her on Twitter: @missmariamw.
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I question whether systems can be forgiven

At the Intersection: After the 2015 murders at Emanuel AME Church, I said that the survivors were not bound to forgive because the shooter had not asked for forgiveness. With the systemic abuse crisis, the Catholic Church is in a similar position regarding the concept of forgiveness.


Pay attention to how power magnifies malice

At the Intersection: In article after article and poll after poll, certain evangelicals have said they feel they can't live out their beliefs or speak up against sin with laws in place to protect certain groups.


The legalized practice of separating children from families is not new

At the Intersection: It was not that long ago that the United States was calling Native Americans names now being used against other immigrants crossing into the country. It was not that long ago that children were taken from their homes and forced to abandon their culture, forget their families.


May love's power lead us all

At the Intersection: I'm not a royal watcher or a fan of the English monarchy. But Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, is a woman I relate to in some ways. And there is something hopeful in how the histories of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have come together.