Sheriff L.O. Davis, right center, leads desegregationist Hosea Williams, left center, away from the line of several demonstrators, after arresting him for failing to move on when ordered, June 19, 1964, St. Augustine, Fla. Williams stopped the demonstrators at a hotel that has been a target of the desegregationist protesters for several days.
Hosea Williams, left, who led a march in Selma, Ala., leaves the scene as state troopers break up the demonstration on what is known as Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965. Behind him, at right, John Lewis of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee is put on the ground by a trooper. Lewis suffered a possible skull fracture. Supporters of black voting rights organized a march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the killing of a demonstrator by a state trooper and to improve voter registration for blacks, who are discouraged to register.
Civil rights leader Hosea Williams of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, center, discusses his case with attorney Orzell Billingsley, Jr., left, and an unidentified associate, outside city traffic court, Jan. 24, 1966. Williams was convicted of reckless driving, but acquitted of driving while intoxicated.
A number of supporters of Dr. Martin Luther Jr. gather at the Atlanta Airport, Oct. 30, 1967 to see King off on his trip to Birmingham, Ala., to serve a 5-day jail sentence. The group was lead by Hosea Williams, center, an official of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who has promised to lead massive demonstrations in Birmingham while King is incarcerated.
The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, left, and the Rev. A.D. King take the reins of the Mule Team leading the Poor People's Campaign March thru Memphis Thursday, May 2, 1968 as the march neared its first stop of the day. Behind them, SCLC Organizer Hosea Williams, holds a small child as stands in the farm Wagon.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel Laureate was the proponent of non-violence in the 1960's American civil rights movement. King is honored with a national U.S. holiday celebrated in January.
Dr. Martin Luther King, flanked by Hosea Williams, left, and the Rev. Bernard Lafayette, tells an Atlanta news conference on Tuesday morning January 16, 1968 that his planned march on Washington in April to demand jobs and income for the poor will be led by 3,000 non-violent demonstrators. Williams is field director of the project and Rev. Lafayette is coordinator of the march.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference officials Leon Hall and Hosea Williams, field director of the Poor People's Campaign, lead a small band of volunteers from the campaign across Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, May 8, 1968 on their way to a nearby church to place a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In background, police and elements of the Alabama National Guard man a barricade in front of the Alabama Capitol where a long line of mourners wait to pass by the bier of Gov. Lurleen Wallace in the rotunda. The action came after Montgomery police turned back a planned mass march to the church.
Civil rights leader and Democratic co-chairman of the Georgia Voters League, Hosea Williams, explains why he is running for Georgia Secretary of State as a Republican, June 11, 1970, in Atlanta. Williams told an Atlanta news conference he can win as a Republican because the Nixon administration will campaign hard to sweep Georgia. Man at left is unidentified.
Hosea Williams, Southern Christian Leadership Conference vice president, points out the direction to go as he gives instructions to a group at the Florence, S.C., campaign headquarters of Dr. Claud L. Stephens, who is running in a Democratic runoff primary against Rep. John L. McMillan for 6th Congressional District, June 20, 1970.
SCLC head Rev. Ralph David Abernathy at the Florence, South Carolina, June 23, 1970 campaign headquarters of Dr. Claud L. Stephens displays a copy of a ballot said to be found in Horry county hours before the polls opened in Florence, South Carolina. Hosea Williams, SCLC veep points to the crossed out name of Dr. Stephens who is opposing Rep. John L. McMillan in a Democratic runoff primary.
Hosea Williams, Vice-President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, holds a rally in front of the court house at Forsyth, Ga., Thursday, May 22, 1970 giving the soul power sign. The rally came after a day of marching 6-miles and riding 22-miles in the "Coalition Against Repression" march from Perry, GA., to Atlanta, GA. A large demonstration is planned for Atlanta on Saturday.
JOE HOLLOWAY, JR.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference director Hosea Williams, seen in Atlanta on March 31, 1978, says the organization is still strong despite the assassination of its leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ten years ago. But he admits if he "could find another King, I'd take him."
Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., right, addresses a group of black leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 21, 1980. From left are: Hosea Williams, Georgia state representative from Atlanta; Dr. Ralph Abernathy; Mordecai Johnson, city councilman from Florence, S.C. and Sen. Thurmond, who will be the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Japan's Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, left, poses for photographers with Georgia State Rep. Hosea Williams and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, right, at Suzuki's office in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, April 16, 1982. The American black leaders, visiting Japan, paid a courtesy call upon the prime minister.
Joe Holloway Jr.
In this Jan. 27, 1987 file photo, Rev. Hosea Williams, left, and Rev. Joseph Lowery, then president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, field questions at a news conference held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. The conference was to address more demonstrations in Forsyth County, Ga.
Sheyane Webb is carried off the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, March 4, 1990 by Spiver Gordon, left, Hosea Williams, center, and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Webb said that Williams carried her off the bridge during the civil rights march in 1965 when black demonstrators were beaten back by state troopers.