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E. Faye Williams

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Turkey Burgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
When There Is A Will, There Is A Way.

Birthplace

Born:
12/20/1941
Birth Location:
Melrose, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Turkey Burgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
When There Is A Will, There Is A Way.

Birthplace

Born:
12/20/1941
Birth Location:
Melrose
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Biography

Entrepreneur and civic leader E. Faye Williams is an accomplished attorney, businesswoman and teacher. Born in 1941, Williams has studied at several universities, and holds several advanced degrees. She earned her law degree from Howard University, and has worked as a counsel to Congress and a professor of international law at the Southern University Law Center. Additionally, she holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in public administration. She became the first African American to run a competitive congressional campaign in Louisiana, losing by about 5,000 votes. An active church parishioner and minister, Williams completed a candidacy for a doctorate of ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.

Williams has made her biggest mark as an activist for peace and human rights. Williams published three books, most notably,The Peace Terrorists, which is a day by day account of her forty-day peace mission prior to the First Gulf War. Williams was one of 200 women held at gunpoint for twenty days in the Arabian Sea. In 1995, she helped organize the Million Man March, serving as host committee co-chair and international spokesperson. At the march, Williams was one of the few women to address the large crowd assembled on the Mall.

Inspired by the Million Man March, Williams started Natural Health Options and Carver/Curtis Products, where she serves as president and CEO. Her companies hold exclusive rights to produce the natural health remedies pioneered by George Washington Carver and his assistant, Austin W. Curtis. Williams also helped organize the Million Family March in 2000. She remains active in several civic organizations. She sits on the board of Partners for Peace, is an adviser to the Woman's Health Network and Council on Nutrition, and works on the steering committee for Change the Name. Williams is the recipient of numerous awards for her activism and service to community.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of E. Faye Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - E. Faye Williams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - E. Faye Williams describes her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - E. Faye Williams describes her mother's background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - E. Faye Williams describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - E. Faye Williams lists her brothers and sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - E. Faye Williams describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - E. Faye Williams describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - E. Faye Williams talks about her mother's and aunt's expectations of her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - E. Faye Williams talks about her education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - E. Faye Williams shares some memories of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - E. Faye Williams describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - E. Faye Williams talks about her experience in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - E. Faye Williams talks about her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - E. Faye Williams describes graduating from Peabody High School and enrolling at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience and the people who influenced her at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience as an actor and teacher in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - E. Faye Williams describes her experiences attending UCLA and USC in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - E. Faye Williams describes the politicians she worked with in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience working for the teachers unions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - E. Faye Williams describes the issues of the teacher's unions in Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience with the teachers union in Atlanta, Georgia and on overseas military bases
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - E. Faye Williams talks about the difficulty of convincing teachers to stand up for their own rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - E. Faye Williams describes the prominent politicians and activists she met in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - E. Faye Williams describes Dr. Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience as a UniServ Director for the National Education Association in Atlanta, Georgia and in the Pacific
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - E. Faye Williams reflects on her experience as a UniServ Director on military bases in the Pacific
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience with the Michigan Education Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - E. Faye Williams compares the teachers unions she worked with in California and Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - E. Faye Williams reflects on the difficulties of collective bargaining for teachers in the United States and overseas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - E. Faye Williams describes the history and reputation of the National Education Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - E. Faye Williams describes leaving Michigan to attend Howard University School of Law in 1982, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - E. Faye Williams describes leaving Michigan to attend Howard University School of Law in 1982, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience at Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - E. Faye Williams describes her plans after graduating from the Howard University School of Law in 1985
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - E. Faye Williams describes the results of her 1986 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - E. Faye Williams responds to being cheated out of her election to the U.S. House of Representatives, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - E. Faye Williams responds to being cheated out of her election to the U.S. House of Representatives, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - E. Faye Williams describes her mentor, HistoryMaker and Congressman Mervyn Dymally
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - E. Faye Williams describes her new challenges after losing her 1986 election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - E. Faye Williams talks about the harassment of African American politicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience as White House liaison to the Department of Energy under President Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience as host city co-chair for the Million Man March in 1995, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - E. Faye Williams describes her experience as host city co-chair for the Million Man March in 1995, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - E. Faye Williams reflects on the press response to the Million Man March in 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - E. Faye Williams describes founding her company, Natural Health Options
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - E. Faye Williams talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - E. Faye Williams describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - E. Faye Williams talks about the future of black leadership and positive changes in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - E. Faye Williams talks about whether she would run for office again
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - E. Faye Williams talks about HistoryMaker Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - E. Faye Williams reflects upon her legacy and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - E. Faye Williams narrates her photographs