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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Commentator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chateau Eza in France
Favorite Quote:
The Right Side.

Birthplace

Born:
2/5/1959
Birth Location:
Marion, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Commentator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chateau Eza in France
Favorite Quote:
The Right Side.

Birthplace

Born:
2/5/1959
Birth Location:
Marion
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Biography

Broadcast executive Armstrong Williams was born on February 5, 1959, in Marion, South Carolina. Williams was raised with his nine siblings on a 200-acre tobacco farm in South Carolina. He received his B.S. degree in political science and economics from South Carolina State University in 1981 and was mentored by former Senator Strom Thurmond as a legislative aide. From 1982 to 1986, Williams worked as a confidential assistant to the chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Clarence Thomas, before moving into the field of public relations. He worked as a vice president for governmental and international affairs with B&C Associates before launching the Graham Williams Group in 1991.

Williams first made waves during the controversy surrounding the appointment of Thomas to the Supreme Court. His columns defending his former boss were reprinted in newspapers around the country, marking Williams' debut as a media personality. Since then, he has written weekly syndicated columns that have appeared in over 300 newspapers across the nation, including the Washington Times and New York Amsterdam News. In 1991, Williams got his first radio show, and by 1995 The Right Side with Armstrong Williams achieved national distribution. That same year he published a successful book, Beyond Blame: How We Can Succeed By Breaking the Dependency Barrier. Williams has also hosted a political talk show, The Armstrong Williams Show, which airs on Sirius XM 126 Urban View satellite radio.

From 2001 to 2003, Williams served as the chief operating officer of Renaissance TV Cable Network, where he managed staff, programming, advertising and developing prime-time specials. He also founded, and serves as manager of Howard Stirk Holdings, a company which owns two broadcast stations: WWMBCW21 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and WEYINBC25 in Flint, Michigan. In addition, Williams is Dr. Benjamin Carson’s business manager; executive editor of American CurrentSee Magazine; and is a partner in Chateau EZ in the South of France, the Sonnet Hotel in Mallorca, Spain, and Casa De La Brisa in Mexico.

A lifelong member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Williams has served on the boards of Childhelp USA, The Washington Afro-American Newspaper, the Presidential Commission on White House Fellows, Independence Federal S&L Bank, the Ben & Candy Carson Scholarship Fund, and NEWSMAX. Talkers Magazine has named him one of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America.

Armstrong Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 29, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Armstrong Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Armstrong Williams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Armstrong Williams describes his maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Armstrong Williams describes his maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Armstrong Williams describes his paternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Armstrong Williams describes his paternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Armstrong Williams talks about his mother, Thelma Williams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Armstrong Williams talks about his father, James Williams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Armstrong Williams talks about his parents' arranged marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Armstrong Williams talks about his family's experience with racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Armstrong Williams describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Armstrong Williams describes growing up on a farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Armstrong Williams remembers being disciplined by his father as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Armstrong Williams talks about the teachers that influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Armstrong Williams describes his academic performance and extracurricular activities as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Armstrong Williams talks about reading material in his family home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Armstrong Williams describes his experience at Rains Centenary High School in Mullins, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Armstrong Williams talks about his limited experience with racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Armstrong Williams recalls his campaign for student body president at South Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Armstrong Williams describes enrolling in the ROTC Program at South Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Armstrong Williams recounts how his father bailed him out of his ROTC commitment at South Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Armstrong Williams talks about running for student body president as a Republican at South Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Armstrong Williams talks about supporting his mother financially
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Armstrong Williams talks about his view on gender roles and his mother's dependence on the men in her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Armstrong Williams describes his parents' opposition to interracial dating
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Armstrong Williams talks about what Strom Thurmond did to change his mother's view of white people
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Armstrong Williams describes meeting Strom Thurmond as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Armstrong Williams talks about his summer internships with Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Armstrong Williams talks about his work campaigning for Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Armstrong Williams talks about his relationship with his mentor, Senator Strom Thurmond
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Armstrong Williams talks about recruiting Richard Pryor to speak in Washington, D.C. while working for the Department of Agriculture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Armstrong Williams talks about his appointment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Armstrong Williams talks about Coretta Scott King and Senator Strom Thurmond
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Armstrong Williams talks about the shift in Senator Strom Thurmond's attitude on race
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Armstrong Williams talks about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Armstrong Williams talks about school vouchers and the public school system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Armstrong Williams chronicles his professional career, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Armstrong Williams chronicles his professional career, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Armstrong Williams chronicles his professional career, pt.3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Armstrong Williams talks about his political philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Armstrong Williams talks about the criminal justice system and the death penalty, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Armstrong Williams talks about the criminal justice system and the death penalty, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Armstrong Williams continues to talk about his political philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Armstrong Williams describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Armstrong Williams talks about his value for individuality in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Armstrong Williams talks about racial profiling and hate crime legislation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Armstrong Williams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Armstrong Williams talks about what he would do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Armstrong Williams describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Armstrong Williams narrates his photographs