Musician, Attorney, Educator, Community Activist, Author
Director, Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences University College – Newark
Newark, New Jersey
Junius Williams is a nationally recognized attorney, musician, educator and independent thinker who has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements in this country for decades. His life in the Movement in the South and the North has been chronicled in the Civil Rights History Project, a collaborative initiative of the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. His is one of eleven interviews shown nationally for viewing on C-SPAN. His speeches have energized young and old alike in places like the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York, Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ, and colleges throughout the country.
As the youngest President of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest organization of black attorneys in the US, he spoke at the United Nations, advocating genuine democracy for the people of Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. (The NBA paper was adopted by the UN and publicized in seven different languages for international consumption.) He was listed as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in America” in Ebony Magazine, ran for Mayor of Newark, and now teaches leadership and community organization at Rutgers University Newark, based on lessons outlined in his new book, Unfinished Agenda, Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power.