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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Beef Bourguignon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
The Hottest Places In Hell Are Reserved For Those Who, In Times Of Great Moral Crisis, Maintain Their Neutrality.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1959
Birth Location:
Berkeley, California

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Beef Bourguignon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
The Hottest Places In Hell Are Reserved For Those Who, In Times Of Great Moral Crisis, Maintain Their Neutrality.

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1959
Birth Location:
Berkeley
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Biography

In 2002, Williams was called to serve as pastor of the Resurrection Community Church. He regularly contributed to the The Huffington Post, and wrote a twice-weekly column on politics and social issues for the Bay Area News Group which includes the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Contra Costa Times. The column, which appeared in thirty publications across the United States, was considered for a Pulitzer Prize. Williams was the only pastor in the United States who also authored a syndicated column. Williams has write articles and op-ed pieces for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Christianity Today, UK Guardian, Tikkun Magazine, and Public Theology.

He is the author of, Strip Mall Patriotism: Moral Reflections on the Iraq War, a series of essays covering a four-year span on America’s enterprise in Iraq, and, 1963: Year of Hope and Hostility (2013). Williams lectured throughout the United States and appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC Radio, Fox News, and National Public Radio. 

Williams served as a member of People for the American Way’s African-American Religious Affairs. In 2011, he was appointed as co-chair of the National Black Justice Coalition Religious Affairs Committee, and later served on the board of directors for Death Penalty Focus. In 2010 and 2011, Williams’ work was nationally recognized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which nominated him as “Columnist of the Year.”

Reverend Byron C. Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 4, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his maternal grandmother's mental health and his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams describes his mother's personality and her childhood growing up in Oakland and Berkley, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Byron Williams remembers his father's kindness to his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Byron Williams describes his parents' personalities and his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about the area he grew up in in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls his memories of his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls his elementary and junior high school years and politics in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls attending Longfellow School in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about integrating John Muir Elementary School in Berkley, California and his favorite subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and being forbidden from watching 'Death Valley Days'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Byron Williams describes his parents' political views and what he read as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his political opinions as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls a play he wrote in the seventh grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his favorite baseball players
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about playing basketball and playing against Earvin "Magic" Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his grades and mentors at Albany High School in Albany, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his high school activities and college expectations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his basketball career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls his years at Wenatchee Valley College and Idaho State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls news of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls his time at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about being drafted for and cut from the Washington Bullets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about working at the Pacific Stock Exchange, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about working at the Pacific Stock Exchange, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about various jobs he held before volunteering for the Democratic Party in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about ghost-writing for California politician Jerry Brown and being hired by the California Medical Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about the deepening of his religious faith and meeting his first wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about deciding to start a church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Byron Williams explains the definition of liberation theology and talks about attending the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about theologians Howard Thurman, Reinhold Niebuhr and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams describes his notion of inconvenient love
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about the flawed public narrative of American exceptionalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about founding his church, Resurrection Community Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams explains why his church, Resurrection Community Church, is nondenominational and explains his position on gay marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about the demographics of Resurrection Community Church's congregation, and the beginnings of his column
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Byron Williams explains how he became a writer for the Huffington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his church, Resurrection Community Church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his church, Resurrection Community Church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about programs held by Resurrection Community Church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about HistoryMaker and President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams recalls what he talked about on MSNBC's 'Debating the Black Agenda'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about serving on the board of the National Black Justice Coalition
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his book 'Strip Mall Patriotism: Moral Reflections on the Iraq War'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his book '1963: The Year of Hope & Hostility', pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his book '1963: The Year of Hope & Hostility', pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about what events of 1963 were captured on television and how they led to the events of 1968
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Byron Williams reflects on events of 1963 and Sidney Poitier's role in 'Lilies of the Field'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about the pacification of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Byron Williams asserts that white fear undergirds American politics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about people he interviewed for his book '1963: Year of Hope & Hostility'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his future writing plans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Byron Williams reflects upon his successes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Byron Williams describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reverend Byron Williams reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Reverend Byron Williams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Reverend Byron Williams talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Reverend Byron Williams reflects upon how he would like to be remembered