Dwayne Redmond

Dwayne Redmond, formerly of Greenwood, recorded “Hear My Poetry,” an album that includes readings from poems backed by R&B music.

The Delta has bred many successful people over the years, from authors to musicians to public activists.

Dwayne Redmond is all three.

Hailing from Greenwood, Redmond now resides in Washington, D.C. He has published two books, and in September 2019, he released “Hear My Poetry,” a spoken-word album that features 11 tracks.

This album promotes Redmond’s second book, titled “A Revelation.” It is not a traditional album with singing but rather readings of some poems from “A Revelation” backed by music.

“I’m not actually a musician; I’m an author and songwriter,” Redmond said. “I was inspired to do different things.”

The R&B album is inspired by the music Redmond listened to when he was growing up.

“I grew up around Motown. My siblings were older than me, so that’s all I ever heard,” he said.

Redmond graduated from Greenwood High School in 1979. He moved to Washington in the same year to live with his brother. He still comes back every year to visit his mother, who lives in Greenwood.

“My mother encouraged all of her children to leave because she felt there were better opportunities in the city than there were down south,” Redmond said.

“The only thing she said was, ‘Just make sure you can make some money and don’t forget about me,’” he said with laughter.

He works full time as a police officer but fills the rest of his time writing poetry and novels and being a humanitarian.

Redmond said he likes to combine his experiences from D.C. and Greenwood in his work.

Though most of his life has been spent in the city, Redmond still thinks of his hometown with fondness.

“No, there’s no place like home,” Redmond said. “Even though I know the crime rate is up and things have changed, the people are still very nice.”

He also said that Greenwood is much different from Washington.

“In D.C., if someone approaches you, you have to take extreme caution because you don’t know their intentions,” he said. “When I arrive in Memphis to drive to Greenwood, people will still approach you, and you can let your guard down. That’s the difference. People are still generally nice and willing to help you. That Southern hospitality is always there.”

Contact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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