Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the U.S., gave the commencement address at Wellesley College Friday.
Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Smith graduated from Harvard and her accolades as a distinguished poet are plenty. Her 2003 work "The Body's Question" won her the Cave Canem prize for best first book by an African-American poet. The Pulitzer Prize followed for her 2011 collection "Life on Mars."
Smith's latest collection is called "Wade in the Water." It's titled after the African-American spiritual that's associated with the songs of the Underground Railroad.
This segment aired on June 1, 2018.