Hosea Williams was not fortunate like most of us are with our loving families. His mother passed away when he was 10, and he had not met his father. Hosea was raised by his grandparents and would go on to serve in the American military during World War II. But it was his near-death experience back home that shaped his future to being a Civil Rights Leader.
Upon his return home from the war, Williams was savagely beaten by a group of angry whites at a bus station for drinking from a water fountain marked “Whites Only”. He was beaten so badly that the attackers thought he was dead. They called a black funeral home in the area to pick up the body. En route to the funeral home, the hearse driver noticed Williams had a faint pulse and was barely breathing, but was still alive. There were no hospitals in the area that would serve blacks, even in the case of a medical emergency; the trip to the nearest veterans’ hospital was well over a hundred miles. Williams spent more than a month hospitalized recuperating from injuries sustained in the attack.
Williams later described the experience, ” “I was deemed 100 percent disabled by the military and required a cane to walk. My wounds had earned me a Purple Heart. The war had just ended and I was still in my uniform for god’s sake! But on my way home, to the brink of death, they beat me like a common dog. The very same people whose freedoms and liberties I had fought and suffered to secure in the horrors of war…they beat me like a dog…merely because I wanted a drink of water.” He went on to say, “I had watched my best buddies tortured, murdered, and bodies blown to pieces. The French battlefields had literally been stained with my blood and fertilized with the rot of my loins. So at that moment, I truly felt as if I had fought on the wrong side. Then, and not until then, did I realize why God, time after time, had taken me to death’s door, then spared my life…to be a general in the war for human rights and personal dignity.”
Williams went on to pursue his bachelors and masters degrees, knowing the importance of higher education in pursuing his life goals. He would go on to be an important Civil Rights Figure and a trusted friend to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vowing to continue King’s work for the poor, Williams is well known in his own right as the founding president of one of the largest social services organizations in North America, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. His famous motto was “Unbought and Unbossed.”
On the eve of his birthday, we pay our tribute to the great Civil Rights Leader. An integral part of the Civil Rights Movement’s vision in life was that socio-economic rise and true equality can be achieved through education. It is this vision that we at Edoofa share as we provide accessibility, affordability and employability in the global higher education space.
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