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Reverend Charles E. Williams II
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Charles Edward Williams, II was born in Detroit, Michigan and reared in Birmingham, Alabama; he was built with the Ford toughness of a Midwestern American family, while planted in red dirt values of southern congeniality. With compassion and vigilance Rev. Williams uses those life experiences to guide his hands in leading the fight for workers rights, civil rights, equality, and access for the underserved population of the world.

At an early age Rev. Williams was eager to reach into the real world, and be a part of a movement for change. From college campus political activity, social justice corporate and issue campaigns, to leading political campaigns for candidates like U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow and Al Sharpton, and serving in the office of the pastorate. Rev. Williams charge had been confirmed by his opportunity to be mentored by Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Timothy McDonald, U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow, William Lucy, Dick Gregory, Rev. Joseph Lowery and countless others. Although, Running Political Campaigns, Engaging in Partisan Politics, engaging in Social advocacy, and evangelizing around the country is a dream realized for Rev. Williams. The destination of accomplishment is a far off and will continue to lead to global human and civil rights advocacy.

At the current age of 32, Rev. Williams can look back and smile at his accomplishments, but only long enough to re-energize and prepare to work toward the next level of work that waits in the future. Rev. Williams is an executive board member of the African American Ministers Leadership Council (AAMLC) an Affiliate of People For The American Way, The Former Chairman of The Board of the Gamaliel Foundation Affiliate Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES), The President of the National Action Network Michigan Chapter, and The Pastor of the King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, the historic pulpit where Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, T.S Boone and a host of Americas leaders used as a stage to spread a progressive message for change. Rev. Williams is a blog Contributor for The Huffington Post, and frequently appears on CNN, MSNBC and other local and national media outlets. Rev. Williams has spoken, preached and lectured across the country.

As Rev. Williams' life unravels, education has become a continuous instrument of growth: from undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and on to graduate studies. Rev. Williams believes the scripture Hosea 6:4 “My people perish because of lack of knowledge” and acts on the words by the Islamic prophet

Entries by Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Why Rants on Sharpton, NAN and the #JusticeForAll March Are Immature, Insensitive and Irresponsible

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 7:52 AM

Rev. Charles E. Williams II, gives opening remarks at Justice For All March in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Dale Rich

Growing Up Civil Rights

I'm 33 -- I've been around the civil rights community and all of its many different facets since I...

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Will Big Mama's House Exist for the Generations to Come?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Williams II Photo credit: Dale Rich

Not only is the phenomenon of the single black woman with children ever increasing but now the single black woman is faced with the prospect of never being married and...

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Gilbert Arenas' Racist Comments Should Earn Him the Donald Sterling Treatment: A Permanent Ban From the NBA

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:39 AM

Rev. Al Sharpton and I at a press conference in Detroit, Michigan (photo credit: Joe Jones)

Gilbert Arenas, the relatively unknown basketball player who last played in Shanghai, is making moves to get back into the National Basketball Association (NBA) after a less-than-stellar career...

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Detroit Water Crisis: The Dangers of Putting Profits Before People

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:35 PM


Rev. Charles E. Williams II, interviews on MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes, discussing the Detroit Water Crisis
Photo Credit: Joe Jones

I pulled up to my church a few months ago when the water shut offs started, I noticed there...

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Michigan's Minimum Wage Bill Trounces Democracy and Shortchanges Low Wage Workers

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:12 PM


Rev. Charles Williams II, escorted for arrest by Oakwood, Illinois Police while sitting in with McDonald Workers. Photo Courtesy: Joe Jones

The Republican-led legislature and the Governor of Michigan passed a watered-down anti-democratic semblance of a bill to increase the...

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Malcolm X and Nicki Minaj Got Nothing in Common: Offended By All Means

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Look at the women in America, young and old. Hardly any moral values are left in them. You can measure this by their dress and attire. Their spiritual values are almost destroyed, because of their emphasis on material things. -Malcolm X, Autobiography of Malcolm X

I'm an '80s baby, and...

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Detroit's Belle Isle Is a State Park and Barney Fife is Securing The Perimeter

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Well the deal is done and Michigan State Troopers and Department of Natural Resource Officers have landed onto Belle Isle park. A Detroit park that has been a jewel and place of fun, relaxation and exercise for so many, for so long. I live right across the street from Belle...

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Winning The War On Poverty In 2014: Means Defeating the Wolves on Wall Street and Cowards on Capitol Hill

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, then established the (EOE) The Office Of Economic Opportunity. Dr. King died in the midst of fighting for garbage workers, who were making poverty wages. While, at the same time he was organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign, and Operation Breadbasket, a corporate accountability campaign,...

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Michigan Seniors Will Feel the Pain of Governor Snyder's Insensitive Tax on Pensions

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 9:51 PM

I would like to know what Governor Snyder has against senior citizens. It seems as though he keeps devising schemes to make life more difficult for Michigan retirees -- the hard-working people who made our state the manufacturing capital of the world for a generation. It must be the dogged...

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Macy's and Barney's Incidents Should Teach Us: Dollars and Sense

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Have you ever been in a store, and had to deal with the mysterious looking gal or guy following you around the complete facility? What African American doesn't have a story, where some unknown guard challenged you or followed you out of the store. What about the annoying stores that...

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The Next Generation of Civil Rights Issues Are Upon Us: Now Lets Go To Work

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:12 PM

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I had the pleasure to speak and participate at the March On Washington this year. We cheered, we cried, we remembered, we chanted, we commemorated and we marched, in the same spirit of those who fought for...

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What Would Thomas Jefferson Say About Detroit?

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:40 PM

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question." -Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801


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It's Marching Time: Supreme Court Attacks Voting Rights and Challenges Affirmative Action

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:03 PM

No other "ish" should matter, and when I say "ish," you know exactly what I mean. I woke up this morning with a slight sense of depression. It had nothing to do with the Spurs losing the NBA Finals. I don't give a "ish" about some body's new album. I...

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I Am Charles Ramsey and Sweet Brown: "You Do What You Have To Do" and "Aint Nobody Got Time For Dat"

(13) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Earlier this week a reporter called me to ask me how I felt about the Charles Ramsey viral internet sensation, asking if I could help explain whether I thought that when folks were laughing at the spirited accounts of tragedies given by Charles Ramsey and also...

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Detroit Now Has a White, Republican Mayor and City Council: State Take Over Coming to a Black City Near You

(34) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Sounds Confusing right? I know Detroit has seen its better days, and certainly with The Kwame kilpatrick stain the rehabilitation of its reputation will take time and leadership to change it, but the latest national trending news is the most disheartening story that anybody could tell. The Day Democracy Died...

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Never Would Have Made It Without You, Rosa Parks

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 8:41 AM

I think it would mock her memory. We must remember that Rosa Parks is in history because she actively pursued social justice and never stopped challenging us and never stopped challenging the issues of injustice. And I think she would have absolutely been dishonored and displeased if she felt that...

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Republicans Should Listen to Grandmaster Flash: "Don't Push Me, Cause I'm Close To The Edge"

(12) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 7:54 AM

Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge I'm trying not to lose my head, ah huh-huh-huh It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder How I keep from going under It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder How I keep from going under

-- Grandmaster...

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From Newtown to Flint Town: Gun Violence Not Just an Urban Black Problem

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 4:00 PM

This year Flint, Michigan was designated the most dangerous city in the United States. Every night on the local news, urban centers like Detroit and Chicago give a daily rundown that encapsulates the age old media theme "if it bleeds, it leads." This gives cities like Detroit, Cleveland,...

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Governor Rick Snyder's "Relentless Positive Action" Has Negative Affects on Michigan

(18) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Tough times can bring out the best of people. In Michigan and across the nation, as the National Action Network Michigan Chapter President, I have traveled across the state and country fighting for voter rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, working with churches to empower and educate...

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The Mis-Education of the Negro Pastors Urging Congregants Not to Vote

(340) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 9:37 PM

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back...
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