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Rev. Byron Williams is one of the leading public theologians in the nation. He is a columnist, author, and the former pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Berkeley, CA.

He is now President and CEO of the Kairos Moment a progressive theological think-tank in Winston-Salem NC. He is host of the NPR-affiliated broadcast The Public Morality and serves as adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Divinity.

He is the author of the bestselling 1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility, which won the 2014 International Book Award for US History. His previous book, Strip Mall Patriotism: Moral Reflections on the Iraq War, is a series of essays covering a four-year span in what is arguably America’s worst foreign-policy decision.

In 2010 and 2011, Williams' work was nationally recognized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which nominated him for “Columnist of the Year.”

Williams has spoken across the country and appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC Radio, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

Entries by Byron Williams

Sitting this Election out is no way to Take a Stand

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2016 | 2:51 PM

I recently had someone share with me that they had no plans to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in November. They were repulsed by both candidates and were considering leaving the presidential portion of the ballot blank.

Though the sentiments seemed heartfelt and sincere, they were reflective...

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Crossing The Street To See The Other Perspective

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 8:27 AM

Imagine a major automobile accident occurred at an intersection. On one corner stood a police officer, on another stood an attorney, on the adjacent corner stood a priest and on the other a physician.

They all clearly saw the accident. But what's the likelihood the stories would match?

Though possible,...

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Hillary Clinton Is No Nixon, But...

(35) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 1:38 PM

As presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton boarded Air Force 1 with President Obama Tuesday, the wind was most likely at her back. The cloud that hovered over her campaign had seemingly disappeared.

The FBI report stated that no charges would be brought against her, the last thing standing between her...

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The Confusing Lessons Of Brexit

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 9:45 AM

It was one of those events where one knows prior that it could become a reality, but is shocked nevertheless when it actually occurs.

Based on the post-election upheaval, many throughout the world, upon learning that the people of the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union, shared...

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Reasonable Balance would Minimize the Damage

(10) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Our current gun debate is reminiscent of the old Lite Beer from Miller commercials that were conducted between the narrow contours of "less filling" vs. "tastes great." Needless to say, such debates are never resolved because the only possible outcome is futility.

The current debate is fueled more by who...

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Meeting for a moment the champ the world will always know

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 12:01 PM

It was 1992. My grandmother and I stood patiently in the extremely long line at Cody's Books in Berkeley, Calif., that wrapped around the corner and down the block. We were waiting to have our books signed by Muhammad Ali.

As we approached the table where Ali sat, his Parkinson's...

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Actually, There Is a Connection Between the Civil Rights Movement and the LGBT Struggle!

(14) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 9:22 AM

Clarence Henderson recently wrote a guest commentary in the Charlotte Observer suggesting it was offensive to compare the Civil Rights Movement to LGBT movement today.

Mr. Henderson made clear that he participated in the gallant effort in Greensboro to desegregate lunch counters in 1960, as a student...

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Tackling the Complexities of Trade

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 6:33 PM

Attila the Hun and the Nazi regime and New Coke represent brands that have been relegated to the darkest bowels of history, possessing no possible chance for redemption.

Since its inception 22 years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may be on the trajectory to receive a similar...

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Courts are Democracy's Umpires

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 1:38 PM

I am already on record opposing North Carolina's HB2, also known as the "bathroom bill." I find it reactionary, overreaching and short-sighted.

Since the lawsuits and countersuits between the state of North Carolina and federal government, an interesting question arose in a New York Times article: "Can a law written...

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Remembering That May of 1963

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 12:44 PM

Last week marked the anniversary of one of the most gallant displays of the belief in American democracy. In 1963, the nation was horrified seeing law-enforcement officers with high-pressured water hoses and dogs on the streets of Birmingham attack young people. This became known as the Children's Crusade.

The abuse...

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Fear Robs Us of Our Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:11 AM

What's underneath North Carolina's controversial law HB2, commonly referred as the "bathroom bill"?

I suspect much of the discourse is dominated by assumptions that embody the worst stereotypes. The seductive nature of this approach is that it falsely endows an individual with a degree of certainty to the point it...

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Does Minimum-Wage Fight Invite Minimum Morality?

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 4:02 PM

What constitutes a moral issue? Is it, as many claim, a factual issue or a disagreement in belief? Or is it based on a particular type of experience or situation?

I happen to believe government budgets are a moral issue because they reflect priorities. My moral barometer for measuring societies...

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Moonwalking into the Past

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 4:49 PM

The state of North Carolina has become the latest entry in that cyclical process that temporarily renders itself an object of national embarrassment with a self-inflicted wound. The legislature passed a bill that was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, during a special session, demonstrating everything that is wrong when one...

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Liberal arts are where we learn how to be citizens

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 9:38 AM

I remember as an undergrad; so many of my classmates majored in business administration. Why? A business degree at the time appeared to place one on the proper trajectory toward finding a job.

My friends would ask me rather sarcastically, "What do you plan on doing with that political...

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We Shall Be Governed No Better Than We Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 6:54 PM

I wish to offer my preliminary observations of the challenges facing the eventual nominees from both major political parties.

I'm not interested in which candidate has the largest genitalia, who is involved in Nixonian dirty tricks, who repeats himself during a debate, who doesn't understand that the ghetto is not...

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Between the Hard Rock of Liberty and Equality

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 10:48 AM

One of the aspects that I most enjoy about the privilege of writing weekly posts is the interaction with readers. Now I certainly don't interact with those who consider me as Satan's love child, but I do try to read all lucid correspondence.

It matters little if it is dissenting...

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We Need More Diversity on the Court in Ways You Might Not Expect

(1) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 4:41 PM

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, much has been said of late about who will replace this member of the Court who will not soon be forgotten -- and more important, when that replacement will occur.

Whenever a nominee is confirmed to the Court, I certainly hope...

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Reactionary Racism Revolts

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 6:50 AM

Breaking news: Just because someone suggests, alludes, surmises, speculates, implies, infers, deduces or forthrightly declares something or someone is racist does not make it so.

One of the most charged words in the American lexicon, "racism" can at times be used in the same cavalier manner we use "and," "but,"...

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The Color of Water

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 3:04 PM

What if I told you that a city with a large African-American population and low tax base had water emanating the tap that was brown in color and appeared undrinkable? Many would offer that I'm referring to Flint, Mich., but in this case I happen to be specifically discussing St....

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An Authentic Integration of Black History

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 10:25 AM

Were it not for Google, I might have forgotten that February 1 began Black History Month. But the illustration by Richie Pope honoring Frederick Douglass on the search engine would not allow me to forget.

Black History Month, in its current form, says so much about who we are collectively...

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