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'''Eugene Williams''' is a Charlottesville civil rights activist.   
'''Eugene Williams''' is a Charlottesville civil rights activist.  As chair of the [[NAACP]] in 1954, Williams fought to desegregate [[City of Charlottesville Public Schools|Charlottesville public schools]].  Williams was party to a lawsuit that ultimately enabled his third-grade daughter Scheryl Williams to attend [[Johnson Elementary School]] in 1960.<ref name="hook">{{cite-hook|title=Tectonic shift: Eugene Williams loosens his tie|url=http://www.readthehook.com/85575/cover-tectonic-shift-eugene-williams-loosens-his-tie|author=Lisa Provence|pageno=|printno=#0614|printdate=|publishdate=5 April 2007|accessdate=21 June 2011}}</ref>
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==Biography==
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Williams was born on November 6, 1927 in Charlottesville as the oldest son of Septemia and Tom Williams. In 1949 he married Lorraine Payne of Ivy and together they had two daughters, Karol Lorraine and Scheryl Eugenia. <ref name="proclamation">{{cite web|title=City Council Proclamation for Eugene Williams November 6, 2017|url=http://www.cvillepedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/File:20171106-Eugene-Williams-Proclamation.pdf|author=|work=|publisher=City of Charlottesville|location=|publishdate=November 6, 2017|accessdate=Novemeber 10, 2017}}</ref>
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Williams attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. <ref name="proclamation" /> He served in the United States Air Force and worked as a district manager for the [[Richmond Beneficial Insurance Company]], located at 400 Commerce Street in the [[Starr Hill neighborhood]].<ref>{{cite-hook|title=A long and winding road: City residents recall integration battles|url=http://www.readthehook.com/files/old/stories/2004/04/08/COVER%20massive%20resistance3.2.html|author=Lisa Provence|pageno=|printno=#0314|printdate=|publishdate=April 8, 2004|accessdate=November 10, 2017}}</ref>
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As chair of the [[NAACP]] in 1954, Williams fought to desegregate [[City of Charlottesville Public Schools|Charlottesville public schools]].  Williams was party to a lawsuit that ultimately enabled his third-grade daughter Scheryl Williams to attend [[Johnson Elementary School]] in 1960.<ref name="hook">{{cite-hook|title=Tectonic shift: Eugene Williams loosens his tie|url=http://www.readthehook.com/85575/cover-tectonic-shift-eugene-williams-loosens-his-tie|author=Lisa Provence|pageno=|printno=#0614|printdate=|publishdate=April 5, 2007|accessdate=November 10, 2017}}</ref>
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Williams founded [[Dogwood Housing Limited Partnership]] (1980-2007) which purchased and rehabilitated homes for low-income tenants.<ref name="hook" /> Two other real estate partnerships included AEW LLC and Five-Eleven Associates. <ref name="proclamation" />
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The City Council honored Williams by declaring November 6, 2017 as Eugene Williams Day. <ref name="proclamation" />
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The Virginia General Assembly honored Williams with a commendation in 2015. <ref>{{cite web|title=House Joint Resolution 743|url=https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+ful+HJ743ER|author=|work=|publisher=Virginia General Assembly|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=November 10, 2017}}</ref>
  
Williams founded [[Dogwood Housing Limited Partnership]] (1980-2007) which purchased and rehabilitated homes for low-income tenants.<ref name="hook" />
 
  
Williams was a district manager for the [[Richmond Beneficial Insurance Company]], located at 400 Commerce Street in the [[Starr Hill neighborhood]].<ref>{{cite-hook|title=A long and winding road: City residents recall integration battles|url=http://www.readthehook.com/files/old/stories/2004/04/08/COVER%20massive%20resistance3.2.html|author=Lisa Provence|pageno=|printno=#0314|printdate=|publishdate=8 April, 2004|accessdate=31 May, 2012}}</ref>
 
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
[http://www.kaltura.com/kwidget/wid/_419852/entry_id/1_8ufd4x2q Interview with Eugene Williams about civil rights, provided by the UVA Library]
 
[http://www.kaltura.com/kwidget/wid/_419852/entry_id/1_8ufd4x2q Interview with Eugene Williams about civil rights, provided by the UVA Library]
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Latest revision as of 22:00, 10 November 2017

Eugene Williams is a Charlottesville civil rights activist.


Biography

Williams was born on November 6, 1927 in Charlottesville as the oldest son of Septemia and Tom Williams. In 1949 he married Lorraine Payne of Ivy and together they had two daughters, Karol Lorraine and Scheryl Eugenia. [1]

Williams attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. [1] He served in the United States Air Force and worked as a district manager for the Richmond Beneficial Insurance Company, located at 400 Commerce Street in the Starr Hill neighborhood.[2]

As chair of the NAACP in 1954, Williams fought to desegregate Charlottesville public schools. Williams was party to a lawsuit that ultimately enabled his third-grade daughter Scheryl Williams to attend Johnson Elementary School in 1960.[3]

Williams founded Dogwood Housing Limited Partnership (1980-2007) which purchased and rehabilitated homes for low-income tenants.[3] Two other real estate partnerships included AEW LLC and Five-Eleven Associates. [1]

The City Council honored Williams by declaring November 6, 2017 as Eugene Williams Day. [1]

The Virginia General Assembly honored Williams with a commendation in 2015. [4]


External Links

Interview with Eugene Williams about civil rights, provided by the UVA Library

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Web. City Council Proclamation for Eugene Williams November 6, 2017, City of Charlottesville, November 6, 2017, retrieved Novemeber 10, 2017.
  2. Web. A long and winding road: City residents recall integration battles, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, April 8, 2004, retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. Tectonic shift: Eugene Williams loosens his tie, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, April 5, 2007, retrieved November 10, 2017.
  4. Web. House Joint Resolution 743, Virginia General Assembly, retrieved November 10, 2017.


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