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Junius Williams, Attorney, Educator and Community Activist, to Speak at Rutgers Law–Newark on February 17

February 07, 2014 – 

In his new political memoir, Junius Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University–Newark, writes about his journey from the segregated South of the 1950s to his achievements as a black lawyer and community activist in Newark in the 1970s and 1980s. Williams will discuss his life as chronicled in Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power (North Atlantic Books, 2014), at 11:30 am on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. 

Junius Williams
Junius Williams

The event is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Unfinished Agenda will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Listed among Ebony magazine’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in America,” Williams began his journey in the Jim Crow South of Richmond, Virginia where he grew up in a supportive family that emphasized academics. He attended Amherst College and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Williams provides an inside look at the Black Power movement that emerged during the civil rights movement and his own participation every step of the way, including years of service in Newark politics as a community organizer and leader.

Nell Irwin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University, says of Unfinished Agenda: “This absolutely riveting story resonates well beyond the emblematic city of Newark, New Jersey . . . Williams still inspires and instructs a new generation for whom this should be recommended reading.”

What: “Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power”
Who: Junius Williams, attorney, community activist, and author of the new memoir Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power
When: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark