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This Day in Georgia History

November 16, 2000

Hosea Williams Died

To view a photograph of Hosea Williams speaking, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Long-time civil rights leader and minister Hosea Williams died in Atlanta at age 74 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Attapulgus, Georgia on Jan. 5, 1926, Williams attended Morris Brown College and Atlanta University. In 1963, he was recruited to join Martin Luther King’s civil rights campaign. Williams became a community organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and one of King’s key aides. In 1987, Williams led over 20,000 civil rights supporters in a march in Forsyth County, Georgia. In addition, he had a political career that included ten years in the Georgia General Assembly and ten years on the Atlanta City Council. Williams is perhaps best remembered for his annual “Feed the Hungry” program in Atlanta that provided free meals for 30,000 people at Thanksgiving and 40,000 at Christmas.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson