My dad, William Earl Williams, was born on August 6, 1929 in New Bern, N.C. Shortly after his birth, his father was killed in a tragic football accident. He and his mother, Estelle, headed to NYC looking for a better life. His mother, a mix of African and Native American blood, was a beautiful, strong-willed and proud woman. She worked as a domestic and later in a hospital to support her and my dad. They moved around often from apartment to apartment from Brooklyn to Harlem to Queens.

Life was not easy for them. What many do not realize is…

I was born in 1967, just four months after this photo of my father and sister, Sandra, was taken. At about the age of five I knew I wanted to be a police officer because that is what my hero and champion in life did for a profession.

These past few weeks I’ve made a conscious effort to share personal stories and articles to help educate those who follow me on race and racism. As a result a number of friends have called me to discuss the issue of race. These conversations have reminded me of many personal incidents from…

Scott A. Williams

Scott is a Managing Partner and Founder of Panorama Fundraising.

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