Musician, educator, poet. Born– March 3, 1905, Mobile. Parents– Dr.  H. Roger Williams and Fannie Brandon Williams.  Married–Joaquin M. Holloway.  Children–one.  Education– Emerson Institute, Mobile; graduate of Talladega College, 1922; Fisk University, B.A., 1926; Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music with a maor in piano and a minor in voice, 1926.  Further study at Columbia University.  Director of music, North Carolina College for Negroes, 1926-32; taught music at Dunbar High School in Mobile, 1932-36; supervisor of music for Mobile Public School System, 1939-73. Performed locally as a concert pianist. Contributor to periodicals and anthologies; published poems in Opportunity,one of the leading journals of the Harlem Renaissance, 1926-1935. Member Music Educators National Conference, Mobile County, Alabama, and American Teachers Associations. Ariel Holloway Elementary School in Mobile was named in her honor.  Died January 3, 1973.


Lorraine Elena Roses and Ruth Elizabeth Randolph, Harlem Renaissance and Beyond; Literary Biographies of 100 Black Women Writers, 1900-1945. Boston: G.K.Hall, 1990.

Countee Cullen’s Caroling Dusk. Harper, 1927; James Weldon Johnson’s Book of American Negro Poetry. Harcourt, 1931.


Shape Them into Dreams; Poems. New York; Exposition Press, 1955.