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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Communications Professor
Church Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

Birthplace

Born:
12/15/1918
Birth Location:
Louisville, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Communications Professor
Church Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

Birthplace

Born:
12/15/1918
Birth Location:
Louisville
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Biography

Born on December 15, 1918, in Louisville, Kentucky, to an A.M.E. minister and a religious writer, Williams grew up in Kentucky and earned her B.A. with honors in English from Wilberforce University in 1938. The following year, she received an M.A. in English from Fisk University. Over the next twenty years, Williams taught at four A.M.E. colleges-Edward Waters College, Shorter College, Morris Brown College and Wilberforce University. In 1959, she completed her Ph.D. in speech communication at the Ohio State University and that fall joined the faculty of Tennessee State University. She became a full professor of communications and in 1973 took over as head of the department, serving in that capacity until her retirement in 1987.

At the same time that her academic career took off, Williams began to ascend the leadership ranks of the A.M.E. Church. She served as a delegate to the A.M.E. General Conference in 1964 and became a board member of the National Council of Churches in 1968. From 1976 to 1984, she was an alternate member of the A.M.E. Church's Judicial Council, serving as president of the 13th District Lay Organization from 1977 until 1985. At the 1984 General Conference, Williams was named editor of The AME Church Review, the oldest African American literary journal. She held that post for eight years. Williams also has paved the way for others in the A.M.E., helping Vashti McKenzie win election as the first female A.M.E. bishop.

During her forty-five years in Nashville, Williams was active in her community, serving on several interdenominational organizations, community groups and civic committees. She worked as a member of the NAACP's Executive Committee and in 1999 received the organization's Presidential Award. Williams married her husband, McDonald Williams, in 1943. They have one daughter, one grandson, and two great-granddaughters. Williams resides with her husband in Atlanta.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jamye Coleman Williams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about her mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jamye Coleman Williams recounts stories about her father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her love of reading as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jamye Coleman Williams remembers grade school in Midway, and Covington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes being in her mother, Jamye Harris Coleman's, dramatics club as a child and a play her mother wrote
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about her influential teachers, Blanche Irene Glenn and Maime Summers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her experience at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about her desire to attend college at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about her relationship with Bishop Reverdy Cassius Ransom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about Bishop Reverdy Cassius Ransom's influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about the history of Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio and the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her experience at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jamye Coleman Williams explains how her mother cultivated her public speaking skills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her experience at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about the teaching positions she held between 1939 and 1942
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about Dr. Charles Wesley, former president of Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes being hired as an English teacher at Wilberforce University and the environment there in the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jamye Coleman Williams shares the story of how former president of Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Charles Wesley, was fired
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes the creation of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about the faculty who stayed at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, after the split
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about Leontyne Price
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes her dedication to Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio and having to leave
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about an incident with Donald Hollowell and Judge Durwood T. Pye in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jamye Coleman Williams remembers people from Fisk University who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes the influence of the NAACP Youth Council on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about Charles S. Johnson and Pat Gilpin, who wrote Johnson's biography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jamye Coleman Williams lists outstanding students she's taught at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jamye Coleman Williams shares a story about Oprah Winfrey's commencement address at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about the life span of her and her husband's family members
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jamye Coleman Williams talks about being elected the first woman major general officer of the A.M.E. Church in 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jamye Coleman Williams recalls introducing a resolution which was the catalyst for electing the first A.M.E. woman bishop, HistoryMaker Vashti McKenzie, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jamye Coleman Williams recalls introducing a resolution which was the catalyst for electing the first A.M.E. woman bishop, HistoryMaker Vashti McKenzie, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jamye Coleman Williams remembers that HistoryMaker Floyd Flake volunteered to read her resolution at the A.M.E. General Conference in 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jamye Coleman Williams recalls introducing a resolution which was the catalyst for electing the first A.M.E. woman bishop, HistoryMaker Vashti McKenzie, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jamye Coleman Williams considers her future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jamye Coleman Williams shares her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jamye Coleman Williams reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jamye Coleman Williams describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jamye Coleman Williams narrates her photographs