Hosea Williams
Recipient of the Purple Heart
Hosea Williams
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.
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African-American GIs of WWII: Fighting for democracy abroad and at home
Huffington Post - 14 days
By Maria Höhn, Vassar College Until the last decade, the contributions of African-American soldiers in World War II barely registered in America's collective memory of that war. The "tan soldiers," as the black press affectionately called them, were also for the most part left out of the triumphant narrative of America's "Greatest Generation." In order to tell their story of helping defeat Nazi Germany in my 2010 book, "Breath of Freedom," I had to conduct research in more than 40 different archives in the U.S. and Germany. When a German TV production company, together with Smithsonian TV, turned that book into a documentary, the filmmakers searched U.S. media and military archives for two years for footage of black GIs in the final push into Germany and during the occupation of post-war Germany. They watched hundreds of hours of film and discovered less than 10 minutes of footage. This despite the fact that among the 16 million U.S. soldiers who fought in World War ...
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Altadena Son Of The South Hailed By Atlanta
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Rosa Parks and John Lewis are the subjects of one of Boyd Lewis' photos. Parks triggered the modern civil rights movement with the 1955 Birmingham Bus Boycot. Lewis was a student activist and is an Atlanta Congressman today. Photo Copyright 2015 Boyd Lewis/Atlanta History Center. Altadena's Boyd Lewis, who is now 70 years old, spent more than three decades in the news game, starting with editing newspapers in Atlanta at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Ending his career after moving to Altadena and first becoming a copy editor at the Pasadena Star-News and later a teacher in Sun Valley, Lewis also did a brief stint at CNN in the mid-1990s. But Lewis was perhaps best known for hosting "Southwind," an "All Things Considered"-style program covering news and featuring interviews on Atlanta Public Radio station WABE. Even after many years of living in California, Lewis, known to listeners as "The Voice of the South," still speaks with a Southern drawl, and possesse ...
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President Obama’s speech today — 50 year anniversary of Selma
Fox News - almost 2 years
March 7, 2015 Remarks of President Barack Obama Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 As Prepared for Delivery – It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning fifty years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind. A day like this was not on his mind. Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about. Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones. The air was thick with doubt, anticipation, and fear. They comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung: No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you; Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you. Then, his knapsack stoc ...
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Walking on the Interstate in Downtown Atlanta
CNN - about 3 years
I left work at 1pm in Alpharetta, Georgia thinking I was leaving early ahead of rush hour traffic. Little did I know that a normal 1-1.5 hour commute back home to Atlanta would last until 1:30pm the next day! I started to worry when the usual 2 minute drive on my office street took 45 minutes. Then I was stuck again in a traffic jam on 400 basically sitting the entire time moving inches it seemed every 15 minutes or so. I had skipped lunch and I ate an entire bag of veggie chips while I was in the car.   By the time I exited 400 and reached 85 South, I found out the cause for the traffic jam. Interstate 85 had turned into one massive skating rink with ice so thick you could barely make out the lines separating the lanes. There were 2 tractor trailers that had jackknifed on the road, cars slipping and sliding on the icy road, and delivery trucks scattered every which way, just sitting there it seems like they gave up. I slowly and carefully maneuvered my little Scion tc around them c ...
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Robert Hoggard: Another Way to Worship God
Huffington Post - over 3 years
All over the nation Christians marvel in the idea that God is worshiped and praised through hand praise that occurs in a church building. Many preachers pride themselves on preaching so well that the people listening break out into a shout to give praise to God. Many sermons are centered around praise. Many ministries are centered around praise. Praise has always been an entity in the church, especially the black church that overrides all other notions. Praise has always dominated the structure of church. However, praise and honor are most efficient when they are kind acts to the poor rather than whooping and shouting. Maybe, social justice is the best way to worship God in an unjust world. Proverbs 14:31 (NRSV) suggests, "Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor God." This Proverb speaks about honoring God in a very pure form. In fact, Dr. Timothy J. Sandoval writes in, Money and the Ways of Wisdom: Insights from the Book of ...
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Nikola Stepić: Keeping It Real in Atlanta
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A massive party is being thrown by a newcomer to Atlanta's most exclusive social circles. The scene? A rented mansion meticulously decorated by a small army. The guests of honor? Five gorgeous, outspoken and successful women in costumes representing iconic black women in film. It is the season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and naturally, drama is imminent. There is much to be said about Bravo's hit reality show, the most-watched in the Real Housewives franchise. To the less patient or perceptive, it might look like any other reality show -- five semi-celebrities alternating between sharply edited footage and post-taped confessionals, their actual realities turned into pop-culture roadkill lost somewhere on the metaphorical highway between the covers of tabloid magazines and the show's seasons. Yet, it could be argued that the ladies of Atlanta are something more than just your average glossy gossip gals. The cast members of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, unlike ...
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Porsha Williams Completely 'Blindsided' By Divorce
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Real Housewives of Atalanta" star Porsha Stewart was shocked when she learned that her husband of less than two years, former NFL star Kordell Stewart, had filed for divorce. Porsha was reportedly blindsided by Kordell's divorce request, according to TMZ. Us Weekly reports the 31-year-old reality star found out about her husband's decision in the press. "Mrs. Stewart had held off on filing for a divorce herself and remained committed to the marriage because Mr. Stewart promised to work on the marriage with her," a rep for Porsha said in a statement to the magazine. "Instead, he misled her and she found out about the filing in the media." Kordell filed the petition for divorce from Porsha on March 22 in Fulton County Court. He requested the split on the grounds that "the marriage is irretrievably broken," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported. The Stewarts' relationship was a central feature in Season 5 of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atalanta." His ...
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The Pullman restaurant review, Atlanta
ajc - over 4 years
$-$$ Back in the late 2000s, 1992 Hosea Williams Drive was home to the quintessential Kirkwood bar, Aces Bar & Grill. Representative of the influx of young gentrifiers, the smoky dive bar served the local 20-somethings well. But times change and 20-somethings grow up. Enter The Pullman. Review by Jon Watson Partners and Kirkwood locals Heidi Shonkwiler and Dan Wingate set out to open a community-centric gastropub to match the evolving demographic of Kirkwood. When the pair learned that Aces was going under “after a weeks-long stint as the kid-friendly Jak’s All In,” they saw their opportunity to build the pub the neighborhood needed. No longer an adults-only dive bar, The Pullman aims to offer a place to share a few pints with friends, as well as a place to park your stroller while you do it. The Pullman walks that 30-something line between family-friendly enough to bring the kids along for dinner, but young enough to draw the crowd back in for drinks once the little o ...
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First Look: The Pullman, Kirkwood
Access Atlanta - almost 5 years
The storefront at 1992 Hosea Williams Drive in Kirkwood has gone through yet another change. Last year, Aces Bar & Grill became Jak’s All Inn, trading an adults-only dive vibe for a more family-friendly concept.
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A snip in time - WXIA-TV
Google News - over 5 years
"I cut Hosea [Williams'] hair," Axam says, but he never asked the leader too much about the Civil Rights work he was doing. "I could see what was going on," Axam recalls. "They wanted freedom. He wanted everyone to be recognized as a human being
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Antigua & Barbuda win Caribbean Sailing Championships - Antigua Observer
Google News - over 5 years
From left, Shawn Malone (captain), Omari Scott, Aldrick Meade, Tyvone Richardson, Hosea Williams and Rocco Falcone. (Photo courtesy Antigua Yacht Club) ST JOHN'S, Antigua – Antigua & Barbuda have won the Caribbean Sailing Championships
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Civil Rights Leader, US Congressman John Lewis is Keynote At Barnes ... - Citybizlist (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Hosea Williams, another notable Civil Rights leader, and John Lewis led over 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need
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Washingtonians Recall Memories of MLK - Washington Informer
Google News - over 5 years
I've been told stories of the marches and his going to jail with other civil rights leaders like Andrew Young and Hosea Williams. All those folks were like a tight-knit family and he was Uncle Martin to my wife (he's married to Young's youngest
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'Living Legend' ready to mark centennial birthday - Montgomery Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
At the age of 53, she was much older than most of the marchers, especially front row leaders John Lewis, Bob Mants, Hosea Williams and Albert Turner, but she positioned herself near them. When the leaders got to the apex of the Edmund Pettus Bridge at
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Who's Gonna Save the World - Pitchfork Media
Google News - over 5 years
The band couldn't get a record deal as its management company folded, and producer Robert Hosea Williams, who didn't get paid for his work, put the tapes in his garage, where they remained until now. Numero Group has dusted them off and finally put
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Tour revisits Civil Rights Era - Frost Illustrated
Google News - over 5 years
Hosea Williams and many other civil rights activists. That day in history is now known as "Bloody Sunday." Members on the tour retraced the steps the marchers took crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on that tragic and bloody Sunday
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hosea Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 74
    Williams died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, after a three-year battle with cancer on November 16, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Funeral services were held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where close friend Martin Luther King Jr, was once the co-pastor. He is interred at Lincoln Cemetery. Hosea L. Williams Papers are housed at Auburn Avenue Research Library On African American Culture and History in Atlanta. His daughter Elisabeth Omilami also maintains a traveling exhibit of valuable civil rights memorabilia. Williams is portrayed by Wendell Pierce in the 2014 film Selma.
  • 1989
    Age 63
    In 1989, Williams unsuccessfully ran against fellow Democrat Maynard Jackson in the nonpartisan race for mayor of Atlanta.
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  • 1987
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He and the others were assaulted with stones and other objects by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists. Another march the following week brought 20,000 people and an enormous showing of police and sheriff department officers, plus national media. Forsyth County began to slowly integrate in the following years due to the expansion of the Atlanta suburbs. He founded Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, a non-profit foundation widely known in Atlanta for providing hot meals, haircuts, clothing, and other services for the needy on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Easter Sunday each year. Williams' daughter Elizabeth Omilami serves as head of the foundation.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 58
    By 1984, however, he had soured on Reagan's policies, and returned to the Democrats to support Walter F. Mondale.
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  • 1980
    Age 54
    Then, he surprised many black civil rights figures in 1980 by joining Ralph Abernathy and Charles Evers and endorsing Ronald Reagan.
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  • 1976
    Age 50
    In 1976, he supported former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter for president.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 48
    In 1974, Williams organized the International Wrestling League (IWL), based in Atlanta, with Thunderbolt Patterson serving as president.
    More Details Hide Details Among other entrepreneurial endeavors, he founded Hosea Williams Bail Bonds, Inc., a bail bond agency. Boulevard Drive in the southeastern area of Atlanta was renamed Hosea L Williams Drive shortly before Williams died. Hosea Williams Drive runs by the site of his former home in the East Lake neighborhood at the intersection of Hosea L. Williams Drive and East Lake Drive.
  • 1972
    Age 46
    In 1972, Williams was a candidate in the primaries for U.S. Senator from Georgia, but victory went to fellow Democrat Sam Nunn.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details The nomination and the election went to fellow Democrat Sam Nunn. In politics, he was elected and served on the Atlanta City Council, Georgia General Assembly, and the DeKalb County Commission. He was one of few Georgia elected officials to ever be elected to serve on the city, county, as well as state level of government. In addition, Williams is perhaps the only Georgia official ever to win an election while incarcerated. Not only did Williams win the election, but his margin of victory was characterized as a landslide.
  • 1966
    Age 40
    In the 1966 gubernatorial race, Williams opposed both the Democratic nominee, segregationist Lester Maddox, and the Republican choice, U.S. Representative Howard Callaway.
    More Details Hide Details He challenged Callaway on myriad issues relating to civil rights, minimum wage, federal aid to education, urban renewal, and indigent medical care. Williams claimed that Callaway had purchased the endorsement of the Atlanta Journal. Ultimately, after a general election deadlock, Maddox was elected governor by the state legislature.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 39
    The Selma demonstrations and his "Bloody Sunday" attempt led to the other great legislative accomplishment of the movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving SCLC, Williams played an active role in supporting strikes in the Atlanta, Georgia area by black workers who had first been hired because of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 38
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Age 0
    Born on January 5, 1926.
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