He is the recipient of the 1998 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award and first recipient of the Salem Award for Justice for his critically acclaimed memoir on tolerance and compassion, A Gathering of Heroes. Nationally honored for his rescue of a Japanese-American during the 1992 unrest in Los Angeles, Williams' first book was hailed as "a moving illumination of the meaning of brotherhood." (Kirkus Review) He is a popular speaker at local schools, community organizations and at such prestigious universities as Howard University and Harvard University. He also speaks on behalf of many human rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League, Facing History and Ourselves, the American Federation of Teachers and the Elie Weisel Foundation for Humanity.
After seven seasons as a cast member of the hit television series Baywatch and its spin-off Baywatch Nights, Williams retired from the show in 1996 to continue his work in social justice and spend more time with his children.
His career as an actor continues with his work opposite Danny Glover in Freedom Song and with Cicely Tyson in the CBS miniseries Mama Flora's Family. He also takes time out to appear in a recurring role on the hit show, The Sopranos. In 1995 the PBS production of Williams' one-man play, The Life and Times of Deacon A. L. Wiley, won top honors at the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Film Festival.
Included on his resume are the films In the Line of Fire, The Package and Stage to name a few. Williams has appeared in numerous television show such as Living Single, Roc, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, L.A. Law and Murder She Wrote.
In addition to his writing, Williams has served as the coordinator of the Fathers and Families Re-Unification Project of Central Georgia, a federally-funded initiative to help non-custodial/absentee fathers accept the responsibilities and joys of caring for their children. This groundbreaking initiative is part of the Macon-Bibb County Head Start Program.
Williams recently released In Pursuit of Happiness, a corporate training video on intolerance in the workplace. He also holds motivational seminars called, Right Choice, specifically designed to aid in one's decision-making process and oversees family workshops, Champions of Choice.
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