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Reverend Byron Williams

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.

Accession Number

A2013.252

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/4/2013

Last Name

Williams

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley

Idaho State University

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Wenatchee Valley College

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First Name

Byron

Birth City, State, Country

Berkeley

HM ID

WIL67

Favorite Season

Spring

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Paris, France

Favorite Quote

The Hottest Places In Hell Are Reserved For Those Who, In Times Of Great Moral Crisis, Maintain Their Neutrality.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

North Carolina

Birth Date

9/22/1959

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Winston-Salem

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Beef Bourguignon

Short Description

Pastor and author Reverend Byron Williams (1959 - ) was called to serve as pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in 2002. He is the author of 1963: Year of Hope and Hostility (2013), and the he only pastor in the United States who a syndicated columnist.

Employment

Resurrection Community Church

Huffington Post

Bay Area News Group

Favorite Color

Black

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Byron Williams' interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Byron Williams lists his favorites

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