Hosea Williams

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When Hosea Williams was 13, he was almost lynched after being friendly with a white girl. Williams soon learned that violence would become a regular acquaintance.

Williams was also beaten by a group of whites after drinking from the only water fountain at a segregated bus station. But his wounds served a purpose. They marked the beginning of his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. After he left the hospital, he joined the NAACP.

In 1963, Williams also became a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two years later, Williams and Congressman John Lewis led the Selma to Montgomery March which became known as Bloody Sunday. He was willingly arrested 124 times in his fight against segregation and racism.

Williams was elected to the Georgia General Council. And as a member of the Atlanta City Council, he led a march in Forsyth County, which resulted in a violent confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan in 1987.

Today his daughter Elisabeth Omilami runs the Hosea feed the hungry and homeless program which benefits hundreds across Atlanta.

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