Hosea Williams

Recipient of the Purple Heart
Born Jan 5, 1926

Hosea Lorenzo Williams was a United States civil rights leader, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician. He may be best known as a trusted member of fellow famed civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr. 's inner-circle.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Hosea Williams.


1926 Birth Born on January 5, 1926.


1964 38 Years Old He played an important role in the demonstrations in St. Augustine, Florida that some claim led to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
1965 39 Years Old 1 More Event
While organizing during the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement he also led the first attempt at a 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, and was tear gassed and beaten severely.


1966 40 Years Old In the 1966 gubernatorial race, Williams opposed both the Democratic nominee, segregationist Lester Maddox, and the Republican choice, U.S. Representative Howard Callaway. … Read More
1972 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Williams ran in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the late Richard Russell, Jr. He polled 46,153 votes (6.4 percent). … Read More
1974 48 Years Old In 1974, Williams organized the International Wrestling League (IWL), based in Atlanta, with Thunderbolt Patterson serving as president. … Read More


1976 50 Years Old In 1976, he supported former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter for president.
1980 54 Years Old Then, he surprised many black civil rights figures in 1980 by joining Ralph Abernathy and Charles Evers and endorsing Ronald Reagan.
1984 58 Years Old By 1984, however, he had soured on Reagan's policies, and returned to the Democrats to support Walter F. Mondale.


1987 61 Years Old In 1987, he led another internationally covered march, this one consisting of 75 people in Forsyth County, Georgia, which at the time (before becoming a major exurb of northern metro Atlanta) had no non-white residents. … Read More
1989 63 Years Old In 1989, Williams unsuccessfully ran against fellow Democrat Maynard Jackson in the nonpartisan race for mayor of Atlanta.
2000 75 Years Old Williams died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, after a three-year battle with cancer on November 16, 2000. … Read More
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