Kathryn "Kay" Waddell Takara

born Tuskegee, Alabama 1943

married 1974 to husband Harvey Takara, a house painter

daughter Karla Brundage - also a poet

daughter Natasha

Tufts University, BA 1965

University of California, Berkeley, MA 1969

University of Hawai'i, PhD 1995

University of Hawai'i Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 1996

Fulbright experiences in two different countries -- France in 1965-66, and China 1995

father William H. Waddell IV (b. August 1908 Richmond Virginia) one of the oldest living Buffalo Soldiers, a veterinarian who worked with George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute after the war, and was the co-founder of the college's School of Veterinary Medicine

mother Lottie (d. 1989)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Recognized as a teacher, scholar, mentor, artist and community activist. Encourages students to see the urgency of communication skills, contacts with minorities, tolerance, research, commitment to principles of freedom and equality, and shared skills and resources as necessary to our survival on the planet. Brings an uncommon combination of passion and professionalism to her work. Serves as a valuable African-American role model and resource to the community.

"Elephants on a Blue Cloth" and "High Tide"

"Freedom Is"

Oral Histories of African Americans -- University of Hawai'i website

"Hawai'i Boasts Ethnic Tapestry" Honolulu Advertiser

Ishmael Reed Publications

Tom Bolling's home page