As the Council’s first African American president, Williams views labor as part of a broader social and economic justice movement for racial equality. “Our movement helped Black workers see that we could accomplish more if we were inside the house rather than on the outside tearing it down.” In the process, he says, “we created a Black middle class in the nation’s capital.”
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Williams will receive the JC Turner Award for Outstanding Trades Unionist at the March 12 Evening with Labor; email [email protected] or call 202-974-8221 for tickets.
photo: Williams at 2011 demo supporting Wisconsin public sector workers; photo by Bill Burke