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The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter with Dr. M. Roy Wilson


In this episode, your host David Pluviose is joined by Dr. M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University and author of The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter.

Tune in as Wilson discusses the decision and impact of painting a vivid portrait of his background and metaphor for resilience, hope, and perseverance in his new memoir.

He also explores racial and socio-economic disparities, how such disparities affect minority populations, and the potential for filling the academic pipeline with underrepresented minorities, specifically when it comes to medicine.


  • The significance and impact of Dr. M. Roy Wilson’s memoir
  • Why the title: The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter?
  • Mentorship and paying it forward
  • What COVID-19 revealed about systemic racism and health disparities
  • Increasing the pipeline of black academics, particularly in medicine


“Regardless of how challenging the situation may be, how dark the time may be, just like the plum tree that blossoms in the darkest, coldest time of the year, there's a way forward to persevere and make it out.”


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